HOSEPIPE bans will be introduced in the south, it has been announced.
Southern Water said it was bringing in a ban on hosepipes and sprinklers for domestic customers in Kent and Sussex from April 5 for the first time since 2005/2006. It follows the second driest 12 months on record in the region.
The use of hosepipes and sprinklers will also be banned for watering public parks and allotments, as well as for filling swimming pools, paddling pools, ponds and fountains.
The firm said as a result of higher rainfall in the western part of its region, there were currently no plans for restrictions in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The company’s water strategy manager, Meyrick Gough, said: ‘These measures are being brought in following an exceptionally dry 12 months.
‘As the weather gets warmer, the demand for water will rise and therefore, to safeguard supplies throughout the summer we need to restrict the amount of water used in gardens.’
Six other water firms in the region – South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East – are also following suit.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: ‘These temporary restrictions will help protect the public’s water supply in the areas most affected by the record low levels of rainfall we have experienced over the last 17 months.’