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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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Trafalgar Square fountains 'to be turned off'

The Greater London Authority say they are working with Thames Water to find a solution to keeping the fountains on during the hosepipe ban. Credit: Reuters

The fountains in Trafalgar Square could be switched off from next week as part of the hosepipe ban.

A Greater London Authority spokesman said:

"We are working with Thames Water on finding a sustainable supply of water that will allow the fountains to be used throughout a summer of celebrations in the capital"

"As we explore alternative options the fountains are currently being used for one hour a day at a low plume using an existing store of water that is expected to last for about a week. This is to enable the water cleansing systems to work."

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