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Southern Water announces hosepipe ban amid UK drought fears

Ban introduced for Hampshire and Isle of Wight after driest July in England since 1911

Southern Water has become the first mainland UK utilities company to announce drought measures, including a hosepipe ban, after record dry temperatures across the country.

A hosepipe ban will be implemented in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to protect the River Test and River Itchen as they hit low levels owing to lack of rainfall. About 1.5 million people are expected to be affected by the measures.

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