A HOSEPIPE ban will be imposed on all domestic Anglian Water customers from Thursday, April 5, it has been announced today (Monday).
The firm say this is due to the driest 18 month period for more than a century.
The ban will be implemented on April 5, before the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Six other companies in southern and eastern England will also impose temporary hosepipe bans, these are: Thames Water, Southern Water, Veolia Central Water, South East Water, Veolia South East and Sutton and East Surrey Water.
Peter Simpson, Managing Director of Anglian Water, said: “This is the first time Anglian Water has imposed a hosepipe ban in more than 20 years, but we believe this is the most sensible and responsible action to take to help safeguard customer supplies for this year, next year and beyond.
“Our region has had its driest 18 months for a century, including two dry winters which have robbed us of the rainfall we need to refill rivers, reservoirs and aquifers.
“In addition to the hosepipe ban, we are asking our 4.2 million customers to help us save water at home, at work and in the garden.”
People have until April 5 to contact Anglian Water to suggest any exemptions.
At present, the ban will only apply to domestic use of hosepipes for things like gardening, washing cars and windows and filling paddling pools. Businesses and other commercial operations are not affected.
However, Anglian Water is urging its non-domestic customers to use water sparingly.