Minister calls on water firms to introduce more hosepipe bans

Environment secretary says it is ‘right’ some firms have taken action to address driest period in England since 1976

Further hosepipe bans could be introduced after the environment secretary called for water companies to implement restrictions, the first public intervention by a minister over the potential drought.

George Eustice said it was “right” that some firms had already taken action to address the driest period in England since 1976.

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