After the driest July in southern England on record, a hosepipe ban has formally been declared for those living in Kent and Sussex.
South East Water announced the new water restrictions, which will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Southern Water had already put regulations in place with a hosepipe ban for people living in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from August 5.
Those living in areas with a ban will not be allowed to use a hosepipe to water their garden, clean their car, fill up a swimming or paddling pool and other similar activities.
A fine could be issued, should someone be found to have broken the rules. It is understood that water companies will be relying on reports from the public to enforce the rules.
With the south-east of the country set to receive hot, sunny and humid weather over the next week, and the forecast for September expected to be similar, the bans look to remain in place for a significant time period. We have all your hosepipe ban queries answered below.
Where is there a hosepipe ban and when will they come in?
Southern customers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be under a hosepipe ban from this Friday August 5. South East customers in Kent and Sussex will join from August 12.