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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Two hosepipe bans have been issued in southern England and the Isle of Wight, and more could be on the way with the UK experiencing an unusually dry summer.Parts of the country had their driest July on record, forcing the National Drought Group, made up of government departments and affected groups, to discuss a strategy to deal with the parched conditions.It comes after a historic heatwave caused temperatures to pass 40ºC for the first time ever in the UK, and although they have now returned closer to average, the continued lack of rain is leading to water shortages.South-east and central southern England saw an average of only 5mm of rain last month, while East Anglia had 5.4mm.For both areas it was the lowest amount of rainfall in July since Met Office records began almost 200 years ago, in 1836.Here’s where hosepipe bans have been implemented so far, and the areas that could follow.Where are hosepipe bans in place?On Friday 29 July, Southern Water announced a temporary use ban (TUB) in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, under which people cannot use hosepipes to water their garden or wash their cars.It will come into effect from Tuesday 5 August, and no date has been given for when the ban will be lifted. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 does not define what is meant by “temporary” so a ban could last for a considerable length of time.Southern Water was the first mainland UK utilities firm to launch drought measures following the heatwave earlier in July, with the measures introduced because of the need to “urgently reduce the demand on the River Test and River Itchen,” which supply the region’s fresh water.Under the TUB, anyone in the region whose water supply comes from Southern Water will be prohibited from carrying out various activities using a hosepipe, including watering a garden, filling a fountain and cleaning a vehicle.Dr Alison Hoyle, director of risk and compliance at Southern Water, said: “We haven’t taken this decision lightly and we know the temporary use ban will have an impact on our customers.“We’re working with the Environment Agency to ensure that we act responsibly to protect our environment. We’re asking everyone in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to do their bit by supporting these measures and only use the water that they need.”On Wednesday 3 August South East Water also announced it will restrict the use of hosepipes and sprinklers within Kent and Sussex from Friday 12 August until further notice.This will mean hosepipes cannot be used to water gardens or clean cars, and ornamental ponds and swimming pools must not be filled.In a statement on its website, South East Water said: “This has been a time of extreme weather conditions across the UK.“We have been left with no choice but to restrict the use of hosepipes and sprinklers from 0001 on Friday August 12 within our Kent and Sussex supply area until further notice.“We are taking this step to ensure we have enough water for both essential use and to protect the environment. This will enable us to also reduce the amount of water we need to take from already stressed local water sources.”More from EnvironmentSwift and Truss are private jet polluters. But the elite's carbon problem is only getting worse04 August, 2022Councils still bulldozing hundreds of green spaces into car parks despite climate emergency04 August, 2022Where a hosepipe ban could be imposed next as areas across England can't rule out supply limits03 August, 2022Will there be a hosepipe ban in my area?Hosepipe bans could be looming for Londoners, Thames Valley residents and parts of Yorkshire.Thames Water, the company responsible for parts of London and Thames Valley, has said water use restrictions are possible, as reservoirs fall below average in dry, hot weather.“We know the water we have stored in our reservoirs will continue to reduce, so if we do not receive around or above average rainfall in the coming months this will increase pressure on our resources and may indeed result in the need for more water-saving measures including restrictions,” a Thames Water spokesperson said.
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.The county was experiencing a particularly dry summer, a Yorkshire Water spokesperson said, and reservoirs and rivers were seeing the impact.“Reservoir levels are currently around 51 per cent – they declined by 2 per cent over the last week despite the rainfall we had across Yorkshire,” they saidThe company was also encouraging residents to keep saving water where they could.“We’re working around the clock to move water around our network of pipes to keep taps flowing and we’re doing our bit to save water where we can too,” the spokesperson added.Water companies in the north-west and north-east of England – United Utilities and Northumbrian Water – say they are not planning restrictions in their areas.A spokesperson for Northumbrian Water said the area it served had been put into prolonged dry weather status, but that it was “not anticipating the need for any restrictions”.Severn Trent, which covers areas from the Bristol Channel to the Humber and mid-Wales to the East Midlands, said rainfall had been at only 67 per cent of normal levels in its region.“However, there hasn’t been a hosepipe ban in our region for more than 27 years (since 1995), and as we do every year, we continue to monitor reservoir levels and demand for water closely,” a spokesperson said.Affinity Water, which covers parts of London, Dover, Buckinghamshire and Kent among its customers, and Wessex Water, which covers Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, also said they were not planning on imposing bans right now. Why is it so dry?Across the UK it was the driest July since 1984, with an average 37.7mm (1.5in) of rain, and the eighth driest in records stretching back to 1836.The Met Office said that England has also experienced the driest eight-month period from November 2021 to June 2022 since 1976, when the country struggled with severe drought.Over that period, just 421mm (16.6in) of rain fell across England – less than three quarters of the 1991-2020 average of 568mm (22.4in).South-east England clocked up 24 days of zero average rainfall between 1 June and 24 July this year, Met Office figures show. In the same period in 1976, the region experienced 36 days without rain.Dr Mark McCarthy, of the National Climate Information Centre, said: “July 2022 has been a significantly dry month for southern England, only 10.5mm of rain has been provisionally recorded on average, less than the previous record of 10.9mm set in 1911.“The dominant weather pattern for the month has only allowed interludes of rain into northern areas of the UK, with areas further south largely getting any rainfall from isolated and fleeting showers in a month that will ultimately be remembered for extreme heat.”Much of the country already has low river flows, affecting the quality and quantity of water, with impacts on farmers and other water users, as well as wildlife.Farmers have reported stress to crops including sugar beet and maize, and challenges irrigating field vegetables and potatoes, while the dry weather has severely hampered grass growth, which could hit supplies of feed for winter.
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