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Can DIY pond beat hosepipe ban?

Hosepipe bans affecting about 20 million customers have been introduced by seven water authorities in parts of southern and eastern England.

People who flout the bans, which follow one of the driest two-year periods on record, face fines of up to £1,000.

Suppliers Thames, Southern, South East, Anglian, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East have all introduced "temporary use bans".

John Maguire has been to Stowmarket to find out how people there have been preparing for the ban.

  • 05 Apr 2012
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