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More than one million people will be supplied with water from Britain’s first large-scale desalination plant this summer to help cope with what is expected to be a widespread drought.
Within weeks, the new £270million plant in east London will begin supplying homes with seawater that has been turned into drinking water.
More than 20million people are facing hosepipe bans after seven water companies announced restrictions earlier this week. Householders could be fined up to £1,000 for filling a paddling pool or washing their car.