Drought status now extended to the Midlands and South West16/04/2012
Drought status now extended to the Midlands and South West
The Environment Agency’s drought map has now extended into the Midlands and the South West.
Although the Midlands now joins the South East and other parts of the UK in drought, the Water Companies here are confident they won't need to introduce a hosepipe ban for customers this year. The lack of rainfall here has lead to a drought status instead because of the huge impact on rivers and farms.
Head of water resources at the Environment Agency Trevor Bishop said: "A longer-term drought, lasting until Christmas and perhaps beyond, now looks more likely.
"We are working with businesses, farmers and water companies to plan ahead to meet the challenges of a continued drought.
"While we've had some welcome rain recently, the problem has not gone away and we would urge everyone - right across the country - to use water wisely now, which will help to prevent more serious impacts next year."
Edited from www.bbc.co.uk