Seven water companies in drought hit areas have today announced their intention to instigate hosepipe bans from next month.
Anglian Water, South East Water, Southern Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Thames Water, Veolia South East and Veolia Central will begin the ban ahead of the Easter weekend on 5 April.
The announcement comes as the Environment Agency today urged water companies and farmers, as well as businesses and consumers, to act now to protect water supplies from a prolonged drought, it said in its new Drought Prospects report.
The report goes on to warn that the drought could spread as far north as East Yorkshire and as far west as the Hampshire/Wiltshire border, if the dry weather continues this spring. The whole of the south east and east Anglia are already in drought as a result of two consecutive dry winters with below average rainfall.