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|Drought Order Set to Go London-Wide |
- Government approval starts ball rolling for extensive restrictions
LONDON’S water-lovers face further severe restrictions in the wake of the permission granted by the government for Sutton and East Surrey Water to ban non-essential water use.
Sutton and East Surrey, a company supplying 650,000 people, can now ban the use of swimming pools, car washes and fountains under what is known as a Drought Order. Those who break the new rules face fines.
“River flows and groundwater levels are worryingly low," said Environment Minister Ian Pearson, who approved the ban.
Other companies are set to follow Sutton and East Surrey’s move. Southern and Mid Kent water companies have applied to the government for the same powers and Thames Water said it was a “real possibility” it would do the same. Essex and Suffolk water companies are likely to be the next in the queue.
There is already a hosepipe ban in large areas of London.
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