Temporary bans on water usage have been confirmed following a warm and dry month and will come into effect from Thursday.
South East Water had initially put forward concessions to allow watering newly laid turf for 28 days and also to let over 65s use a hosepipe for watering the garden. But following a very dry March and responses from a number of customers over 65 years of age wanting to play their part during the drought, the water company has now removed these concessions.
South East Water, among six other water companies, has announced temporary water bans will be needed to protect local supplies.
Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources and Environment at South East Water said: “The restrictions are a regrettable, but a necessary step to protect supplies for the coming months for essential use of water by our customers for drinking, washing and cooking and to minimise the impact on the water environment.”
The ban comes following the announcement by Caroline Spelman that the South East of England and parts of the East Midlands and Eastern England are all officially in drought.