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This is a field I walk my dogs through, cracks big enough to put your fist in - on the plus side the elderberries
are already ripening.

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Just checked my rain gauge at home in NZ 225 mm of rain so far this month!
That's going to be a shock on Saturday when I get home, midwinter cold and wet. Think I'll play with the hosepipe to cheer myself up.
I have an easy solution to any possible water shortage. Dilute it.
The other useful remedy is dehydrated water, packets of it take up no space at all and when needed just open them add water, simples.
 

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Hosepipe ban coming to Hampshire
BBC News - Hampshire and Isle of Wight hosepipe ban from 5 August

It will be country wide within a few weeks.

Using hosepipes to water gardens, clean cars, fill ornamental ponds and swimming pools will not be allowed.
The firm said the ban was a "vital step" to protect the habitats of the River Test and the River Itchen where it extracts water.
 

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It is an Island can they not invest the vast profits they make in a desalanation plant, just a thought
Sorry, but what’s with the “vast profits” when on another Thread you were extolling the virtues of the system that brought about the privatisation of publicly owned Utility Companies?

It is up to the privately owned companies what they do with their profits! In my location, Anglian Water send their “vast profits” to Pension Funds in Australia and Canada!
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A hosepipe and sprinkler ban is being imposed on people across Kent and Sussex, South East Water has confirmed.
The firm said it "had no choice" following the driest July on record.
The measure, which comes into force on 12 August, affects at least one million people, and rule-breakers could be hit with a £1,000 fine.
It follows pleas from the water company for people to only use water for essential purposes during hot weather warnings and shortages last month.
The firm said it would be "relying on people's goodwill" to observe the ban, but urged people to contact them if a neighbour is ignoring the restrictions in place.
The ban will prohibit people from using a hosepipe to water plants, wash the car or fill a paddling pool or pond.
Anything designed, adapted or used to serve the same purpose as a hosepipe cannot be used, like sprinklers and irrigation systems or pressure washers.

Analysis​

By Yvette Austin, environment correspondent, BBC South East
This hosepipe ban should come as no surprise. South East Water's supply has clearly been under strain.
We've had serious interruptions to supply, with record temperatures and the driest July since 1935, so demand for water has rocketed.
On the other hand, water companies generally say hosepipe bans will come in after two dry winters. We've only had one dry winter.
Their two reservoirs in Arlington and Ardingly aren't at the lowest levels that we've ever seen, but clearly South East Water is extremely worried about the coming months.
There's much pressure on the water companies to reduce their leakage rates. South East Water loses about a sixth of all the water it supplies, and so this isn't going to go down well with their customers.

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