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South East Water Kent garden hose ban: everything you need to know

A temporary garden hose ban will come into effect in Dartford on Friday following extreme weather conditions across the UK.

The restriction on the use of garden hoses and sprinklers was announced by South East Water on August 3.

The water supply company said the restriction will come into effect in Kent and Sussex from tomorrow (August 12).

This means that garden hoses cannot be used to water gardens or clean cars and swimming pools must not be filled.

It’s unclear how long the garden hose ban will last.

In a statement on its website on August 3, South East Water said: “It has been a period of extreme weather across the UK.

“Official figures show it was the driest July on record since 1935 and the period between November 2021 and July 2022 was the driest eight-month period since 1976.

“In July in the southeast, we only saw 8% of the month’s average rainfall, and the long-term forecast for August and September calls for similar weather.

“The demand for water this summer has broken all previous records, including the heat wave linked to the Covid confinement.

“We are producing an additional 120 million liters of water a day to supply our customers, which is the equivalent of supplying four other towns the size of Maidstone or Eastbourne daily.

“We are taking this step to ensure we have enough water for essential uses and to protect the environment.

“It will also allow us to reduce the amount of water we have to take from already stretched local water sources.”

An orange extreme heat warning has also come into effect, with temperatures forecast to reach 37 degrees in parts of the UK over the next four days.

The Met Office has issued the warning that it runs until Sunday (August 14).

The heat wave is likely to affect health, transport and working conditions, according to the Met Office.

Provisional figures from the Met Office showed parts of England had their driest July since records began.

South East and South Central England averaged just 5.0mm of rain last month, while East Anglia received 5.4mm.

For both regions, it was the lowest amount of rainfall in July since Met Office records began nearly 200 years ago, in 1836.

England saw an average total of 23.1mm – the lowest figure for the month since 1935 and the seventh lowest July total on record.

The UK-wide average was not as low, with 46.3mm of rainfall – the 19th lowest July total since 1836.

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