BRITAIN'S biggest water company is imposing water restrictions for the first time in 15 years, amid heightening drought fears.
About 8m people in the Thames Water area, which includes Greater London, will be affected by the hosepipe and sprinkler bans from next month.
The move follows a prolonged period of below- average rainfall in the South-East, which has prompted the worst water shortages in a century.
Restrictions have been in place in many parts of the region since last year.
More drastic measures may be needed unless the situation improves.
Some areas could even see standpipes in the streets for the first time since 1976 or supplies cut at certain times of the day.