Hosepipe ban will affect 20 million people in the UK

  • 5 April 2012
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Leah finds out why we need the ban

From today, watering your garden plants and washing your car with a hose will be banned in parts of the south and east of England.

Seven water companies have introduced a "temporary usage" ban which is thought to affect around 20 million people.

Some parts of the UK are experiencing the fifth driest March since records began.

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Image caption The areas in England affected by a hosepipe ban from 5 April

Areas which are used for international or national events, like the Olympic stadiums, aren't included in the ban.

Most of the companies expect the ban to stay in place for the whole summer.

Guide: What does a hosepipe ban mean?