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Hosepipe ban comes into force across Sussex
9:03am Thursday 5th April 2012 in Features
Hundreds of thousands of Sussex residents are facing a £1,000 fine if they use their hosepipe after a restrictions were brought in today.
Southern Water and South East Water brought in the ban following one of the driest two-year periods on record.
Customers will no longer be able use their hosepipes for watering their gardens, washing cars or boats, hosing down patios and paths and filling swimming pools, ponds, fountains and paddling pools. Public parks and allotments will also be hit.
The firms insist they are necessary to preserve essential water supplies and protect the environment, in the face of drought which has left groundwater below 1976 levels in some places and rivers running dry.
Despite some rain the past few days the whole of the South East are officially in a state of drought.
The water firms bringing in restrictions say they are investing significant resources in fixing leaks, moving water resources from wetter to drier areas and encouraging their customers to save water.
But the Environment Agency has urged companies to do more to tackle leakage rates.
Southern Water estimated that the hosepipe ban would reduce water demand by around 5%.
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