Oxfordshire faces severe water stress by 2040, according to new analysis.

Seven out of 17 regions in England are set to experience severe water stress by 2030, according to new research.

The number is expected to rise to 12 regions by 2040 and will include the Thames Water region. 

Nowhere in England is considered to be water stressed - which is when the demand for water exceeds the available local supply.

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Each person in England uses 144 litres a day.

The government has a target to reduce this to 122 litres per person per day by 2038, falling to 110 litres by 2050.

There are no other hosepipe bans in the UK, although this looks increasingly certain during 2023.

A Thames Water spokeswoman said: “Hosepipe bans are used by water companies to help manage the supply of water.

"They are used in response to low water supply, high demand and often result from long periods of very dry and hot weather.  

“Whilst our reservoir levels in London and the Thames valley are healthy for this time of year, dry months and hot weather can impact on our water resources.

"This is why we are urging our customers to use water wisely especially as we move into spring and summer, when people start to use their gardens more."

She added: "We all experienced the impact of climate change during last year’s very hot summer and it’s vitally important that we do everything to protect this precious resource.”