A water cannon ban for Thames Water customers will begin on August 24 due to “unprecedented weather conditions”.
Although the ban officially begins next week, Thames Water urges customers to act as soon as possible to save water.
In a statement, it said: “We’ve been working around the clock to make it available to everyone and customers have been good at saving water where they can.
“However, with low rainfall forecasts for the coming months, we now need to take the next step in our drought plan.”
The ban will mean people can’t use hoses connected to the mains water supply – excluding certain chores around the house that people might believe are exempt.
The ban is being applied to all customers who get their water from Thames Water.
Water levels across the UK are struggling after record heat and historically low rainfall.
Anyone who is taken to court for repeatedly violating the restrictions on the use of water cannons – including watering the garden, cleaning cars or washing windows, walls, walkways and patios – faces fines. fines of up to £1,000.
Notice to despite heavy rain and flooding in some parts of the UK and a yellow warning for thunderstorms was issued.
Lack of rain and high temperatures have caused drought has turned much of the country’s landscape from green to brown and yellow.
Significant fires were reported in parts of London, Kent and Essex over the weekend, while weather also led to incidents. people have difficulty swimming in lakes, rivers and seas.