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Hosepipe bans come into effect

Hosepipe bans in parts of drought hit Britain have come into force since midnight. Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East are to enforce restrictions.

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Hosepipe ban 'could last until Autumn'

Hosepipes could be banned until Autumn. Credit: Press Association

Thames Water have warned that the hosepipe ban that starts today could last until next Autumn.

Richard Aylard told BBC Radio 4:

"Realistically I think it will be in place throughout the summer and into the autumn unless we have an unusually wet year."

"This situation has taken a couple of years to build up, it will take quite a long time to put right."

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