Millions of consumers face a hosepipe ban and additional limitations on how they can use water as England’s drought restrictions come into force.
This week will see a hosepipe ban applied by seven water companies across large parts of the country, with most of England in or at high risk of drought.
Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East are to enforce a hosepipe ban and other restrictions from 5 April.
Water restrictions vary
Customers will be asked to make the most of their water and will not be allowed to water their garden with a hose, fill ornamental ponds, hose down their car, or use a sprinkler.
Instead, gardeners will have to use a watering can or drip irrigation system, although the extent of the full restrictions varies across the water companies, so it is best to check with your water supplier on what, if any, restrictions are in place.
Better water usage
Much of Britain has been undergoing a dry spell so severe that the only area where groundwater is at normal levels is in north-west England and in south Wales.
The Environment Agency, which is responsible for the environmental priorities for England and Wales, is urging households to use less water.
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