7:50am

Thu April 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Drought Means 20 Million People In England Can't Use Hoses

  • Larry Miller, reporting for the NPR Newscast

The words "hosepipe ban" popped up in a lot of headlines today, and since we'd never seen that phrase before we wondered what was going on.

It turns out that 20 million people in south-east England, including London, have been told they can't use hoses to water their gardens, wash their cars, fill their pools, clean their patios and a variety of other things (the BBC has a Q&A on what's allowed and not allowed).

If you get caught using a hose, "there's a $1,600 fine," Larry Miller tells our Newscast Desk.

According to The Guardian, the region is suffering through "one of the worst droughts... since 1976 and [the hosepipe ban] could last into the autumn, or even later."

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