Thames Water, which serves consumers in and around the British capital London, announced on Wednesday that customers will be prohibited from using a hosepipe from August 24, blaming extended dry weather.

Britain declared a drought in parts of England on Friday, following the country’s driest July in nearly 90 years, during which temperatures surpassed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time. 

“With low rainfall forecast for the coming months, we now need to take the next step in our drought plan,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Everything we do now will help protect supplies next summer and help the environment.”

Thames Water is the most recent of several companies in England to implement such a prohibition, which includes prohibiting customers from using a hose to water their gardens, wash their cars, or fill a paddling pool.

Source: Reuters

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