A HOSEPIPE ban will come into force at the beginning of next month as water companies continue to battle the severe drought.
Anglian Water is one of seven water companies to announce a crackdown on its customers, which will come into effect on Thursday, April 5.
The measure follows the driest 18-month period in the region in more than a century.
Anglian Water managing director Peter Simpson said: “This is the first time Anglian Water has imposed a hosepipe ban in more than 20 years, but we believe this is the most sensible and responsible action to take to help safeguard customer supplies for this year, next year and beyond.
“Our region has had its driest 18 months for a century, including two dry winters which have robbed us of the rainfall we need to refill rivers, reservoirs and aquifers.”
The firm is giving customers until April 5 to contact them to suggest what exemptions, if any, are appropriate.
At present, the ban will only apply to domestic use of hosepipes for things like gardening, washing cars and windows and filling paddling pools.
Businesses and other commercial operations are not affected, however, Anglian Water is urging its non-domestic customers to use water sparingly.
Mr Simpson added: “Along with lots of rain, what we need most of all is common sense. This is one of those times when everyone needs to pull together and help save water, as well as look out for relations, neighbours and friends who might struggle in some way – perhaps lifting a heavy watering can or bucket for example.
“We are not telling people to stop doing what they have to, but to adapt their behaviour to reflect the severity of the situation. The message is – do what you can.”
The ban also includes Thames Water, Southern Water, Veolia Central Water, South East Water, Veolia South East and Sutton and East Surrey Water.