Southern Water to impose hosepipe ban

A HOSEPIPE ban will be put in place by Southern Water on April 5, affecting the majority of Sussex residents.

Southern Water is one of seven utility companies that have announced restrictions, with the banning order stopping residents from washing cars and watering gardens.

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The country has experienced the driest 12 months since 1976 and the South East was declared officially in drought in late February. Bewl Water reservoir, which serves Kent and Sussex is just 42 per cent full, compared to its average of 88 per cent.