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'We are in the worst drought for 100 years in some places - it is not looking good, ' she says. 'We are asking water companies to bring in hose pipe bans before the garden watering season starts. There's no point in kidding folk that they are going to be able to water plants this summer. They're not.' There is, she says, an interesting question for the future: Do ministers actually have the power to impose preemptive usage restrictions on private water companies?