Due to a ban, customers in Hampshire and the Isle of Man hung up their water hoses last week, and much of Sussex is set to face restrictions with just a few days to go.
Customers of South East Water in Sussex will not be able to use their water hoses from 00:01 on Friday 12 August.
About 2.2 million people are expected to be affected after last month was the driest July since 1935.
A South East Water spokesman said the use of a hose or sprinkler would be restricted to “ensure we have enough water for essential uses and to protect the environment”.
“Demand for water this summer has broken all previous records including the Covid lockdown heatwave.
“This has been a period of extreme weather conditions across the UK.
“We produce an additional 120 million liters of water per day to supply our customers, which is equivalent to the daily supply of four other cities the size of Maidstone or Eastbourne.”
Southern Water shipped an average of 631 million liters of water per day to customers in July, up from the usual average of 540 million liters.
The ban will see the use of recreational tubing, including to fill paddling pools, eradicated, just as temperatures in Brighton are set to rocket – even hitting 32C on Friday.
Failure to comply with the restriction can result in criminal prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
Customers in Sussex who are supplied by Southern Water are not subject to any restrictions – but should still aim to reduce their water consumption.
It comes as hundreds of Britons said they would berate their neighbors for using a hose during the ban.
Ustats.org polled 5,367 Britons and asked them if they would betray their neighbors or keep it to themselves.
It turned out that hundreds of neighbors would rat out – or 17.23 percent of those surveyed.
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