Hosepipe ban: shop your neighbours

Sarah Coles
Dry reservoir
Dry reservoir

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The hosepipe ban has already started destroying British life as we know it, with local streets riven with new tensions and neighbours pitted against one another in a battle over who is still watering the lawn. Now the water companies are planning to add to the row, issuing hotlines for you to shop your neighbours.

And it's not just damaging neighbourly relations, it's hurting our pockets too.