South East Water announces hosepipe and sprinkler ban for customers in Kent and Sussex | Business News

South East Water has introduced a ban on hoses and sprinklers for its customers in Kent and Sussex.

The ban will begin on August 12, with an end date yet to be decided.

It comes just days after Southern Water announced its first faucet ban of the year for customers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. That ban starts this Friday.

South East Water said its ban was necessary to ensure there was enough water for essential uses and to protect the environment.

It said: “This is a time of severe weather conditions across the UK.

“Official figures show this is the driest July on record since 1935, and the period from November 2021 to July 2022 is the driest eight months since 1976.

“During July in the Southeast, we see only 8% of the average rainfall for the month, and the long-term forecast for August and September is similar weather.”

It added: “This summer’s demand for water has broken all previous records, including the COVID-locked heatwave.

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“We’re already producing an extra 120 million liters of water a day to supply our customers, which is equivalent to supplying four other towns the size of Maidstone or Eastbourne every day.”

South East Water supplies 520 million liters of water a day to 2.2 million customers.

Its water is drawn from more than 250 boreholes, six rivers and six reservoirs.

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