Thames Water to introduce hosepipe ban for 15 million people

Advertisement

The water company has announced “temporary” measures as southern and central England prepare to sizzle in 30C heat

Around 15 million households in the UK will be hit with a hose ban amid a heatwave in August, Thames Water has confirmed.

Advertisement
Dry weather with a forecast heatwave has resulted in Thames Water imposing new restrictions on water use. (Credit: PA)

A spokesman for Thames Water said: “With the long-term forecast of dry weather and a further forecast of very hot temperatures to come this week, we plan to announce a temporary ban on use in the coming weeks.

“We have written to the Environment Agency to update them on our approach and informed Ofwat.

Advertisement

“The timing is unconfirmed due to a number of operational and legal procedural requirements, but we will update our customers, partners, regulators and stakeholders at the earliest opportunity to ensure a coordinated approach.

“In the meantime, we continue to urge our customers to only use what they need for their essential use.”

Advertisement

This article will continue to be updated with more information.

Advertisement