South East Water in the United Kingdom imposed a temporary restriction on the use of sprinklers and hosepipes in sections of the south of England, citing record temperatures and the driest eight-month period since 1976.

The firm said that the combination of continued hot weather and little rainfall, along with high demand for water, was placing strain on its delivery network.

“We have been left with no choice but to restrict the use of hosepipes and sprinklers from 00:01 on Friday 12th August within our Kent and Sussex supply area until further notice,” South East Water stated in a statement on its website.

Customers who violate the regulations may be fined up to 1,000 pounds ($1,219.90) for using a yard hose to fill paddling pools or wash automobiles. Another business, Southern Water, made a similar step last week.

The Met Office in the United Kingdom said on Monday that July 2022 was the driest July in England since 1935, and the driest on record in certain sections of the nation. In July, temperatures surpassed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time. 

The government’s Environment Agency said last week that it was putting drought strategies in place to preserve national supplies. 

South East Water serves 2.2 million consumers and distributes 520 million litres of water per day via its network.

Source: Reuters

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