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Hose-pipe ban

Severn Trent Water imposed a hose-pipe ban on customers after a 20 per cent surge in demand in the past three weeks. The ban affects 500,000 households in Powys, south Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. A company spokesman said it could be widened.