More than two million people in Kent and Sussex will be prohibited from using hosepipes as the UK swelters in the current heatwave.
South East Water stated that the limitation was implemented due to water shortages in specific areas.
Schools have been forced to close due to the extreme heat, and bottled water kiosks have been set up, as the utility business said that demand for drinking water has reached “record levels.”
Customers will be unable to water their gardens, wash cars, boats, or patios, and cannot fill paddling or swimming pools until the interim hosepipe limitations take effect on June 26.
The announcement comes after the NHS warned that high temperatures, which are expected to reach the 30s in certain regions, have contributed to one of the “busiest days ever” in A&E units.
Water outages have also affected Wadhurst, Mayfield, Biddenden, and Staplehurst. The Met Office has also declared a ‘very high’ wildfire risk over much of England and portions of Wales.
The interim hosepipe limitations will go into effect on June 26th, according to South East Water.
People who violate the restriction could face a £1,000 fine.