LONDON, England: Due to prolonged dry weather, the UK's Thames Water said this week that it was banning customers from using watering hoses from August 24. The ban includes preventing customers from watering their gardens, washing cars or filling children's swimming pools.
Britain officially declared a drought in parts of England this week, following England's driest
July in nearly 90 years, a month in which temperatures crossed 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit)
for the first time.
"With low rainfall forecast for the coming months, we now need to take the next step in our
drought plan," the company said in a statement on its website.
"Everything we do now will help protect supplies next summer and help the environment."