Around 2.2 million are set to be hit with a hosepipe ban with a “temporary usage ban” and those found to break the ban could face prosecution with a court fine of up to £1,000.
South East Water have announced the ban will start on 12 August meaning people cannot use hosepipes to clean their cars, water gardens or fill swimming pools.
The company announced on Wednesday that they were “left with no choice” but to introduce the hosepipe ban.
A statement on the South East Water website said today, “This has been a time of extreme weather conditions across the UK.
“Official figures show this is the driest July on record since 1935 and the period between November 2021 and July 2022 has been the driest eight-month stint since 1976.
“During July in the South East, we have only seen 8% of average rainfall for the month, and the long term forecast for August and September is for similar weather.
“The demand for water this summer has broken all previous records, including the Covid lockdown heatwave.
“We have been producing an additional 120 million litres of water a day to supply our customers, which is the equivalent of supplying a further four towns the size of Maidstone or Eastbourne, daily.”
It added, “We are taking this step to ensure we have enough water for both essential use and to protect the environment.
“This will enable us to also reduce the amount of water we need to take from already stressed local water sources.”