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UK Hosepipe Bans Widen Following Driest July in Almost 90 Years

  • South East Water to introduce hosepipe ban next week
  • UK has witnessed record temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius
The hosepipe ban comes after a heat wave, with the UK recording temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

The hosepipe ban comes after a heat wave, with the UK recording temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

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A ban on using hosepipes in the UK is set to widen following the driest July since 1935.

South East Water Ltd. will impose a hosepipe and sprinkler ban on customers in Kent and Sussex from Aug. 12 until further notice, the company said in a statement Wednesday. The restrictions on hosepipes and sprinklers to water gardens, clean cars and fill swimming pools follow similar moves from Southern Water in Hampshire and Isle of Wight.