Uk News Hosepipe bans to last for months as first drought in a decade to be announced United Kingdom news

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Uk News Hosepipe bans to last for months as first drought in a decade to be announced United Kingdom news
11 August 2022 - 17:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The first drought for a decade will be declared for most of England on Friday and is expected to last well into the autumn, with millions of people warned they face restrictions on water use for weeks.Many reservoirs used to supply homes and businesses with clean water are running below 60 per cent normal capacity, with one used by South East Water currently at 40 per cent, after months of below average rainfall and the driest year since 1976.Drought status is expected to be declared for several regions of England after a meeting of the Environment Agency, ministers, water companies and the farming industry on Friday. Four water companies have already imposed or are about to introduce hosepipe bans for their customers, but more are expected to follow suit if the dry weather continues into late August.Ministers are preparing for the prospect of the drought to continue well into September or even later in the year, with long term weather forecasts predicting low rainfall for next month, despite a brief respite next week when showers and thunderstorms are expected.Water companies have also confirmed they expect a “very dry” autumn.The drought will not trigger any new action from the government or water companies, but will be a benchmark for the severity of the situation for dwindling water supplies in most parts of England and some parts of Wales.The hosepipe bans, also known as temporary use bans (TUBs) are open-ended and will not be lifted until substantial rainfall has restored groundwater and reservoir levels to above drought thresholds, meaning there could be restrictions until October or November.Farmers are already braced for the drought to hit harvests in late August and September. The situation has been exacerbated by this week’s heatwave, the second of the summer.However, unless there is heavy rainfall across the worst-hit areas during this coming winter, there will be an even more severe drought next summer, with the prospect of standpipes and more restrictions on daily household use.Regions that will move into drought status on Friday are expected to include the south west, south east and eastern England, but could also take in south Wales and the Midlands.Groundwater and reservoir levels in several areas in southern England have already hit drought status, and Ardingly Reservoir in West Sussex, operated by South East Water, is currently 39.5 per cent full – pushing it into severe drought status.More from PoliticsUK medicines regulator lost £2.

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.The company said its hosepipe ban would be in force until the end of the drought. South east England saw just 8 per cent of average rainfall in July.South East Water said demand for water had broken all previous records due to the unprecedented temperatures in July, and the firm was producing an extra 120 million litres of water a day for customers.The firm said its groundwater levels in the region were between level 1 – developing drought – to level 2 – moderate drought.A spokesperson for South East Water said: “The current actions we are taking with TUBs are on the basis we do see a very dry autumn. “So the actions taken now are appropriate to that scenario playing out.”Reservoirs run by South West Water are at 49 per cent capacity, those under United Utilities, which covers north west England, are at 59 per cent, and those operated by Severn Trent, covering the West Midlands and parts of the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, are at 58 per cent. Wessex Water’s reservoirs are currently at 61 per cent capacity.Southern Water, where a hosepipe ban came into force last week, does not have up to date data for its reservoirs but in June groundwater levels were close to impending drought status in the Isle of Wight and Thanet and already at drought status in Worthing.Tory leadership candidate Rishi Sunak has pledged to get tough on water companies to reduce leakages of millions of litres a day if he becomes prime minister next month.He would encourage the regulator Ofwat to use existing enforcement powers more aggressively and “explore all options” to give it tougher sanctions to stop leaks. Mr Sunak said: “Water companies can and must step up to address leakage and mains bursts, which are contributing factors to consumer disruption including hosepipe bans. When it comes to enforcement, nothing is off the table.”

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