Parts of England no longer in drought

Fri, May 11, 2012

Climate Change

Large parts of England are no longer in drought, after the wettest April since records began in 1910 and continuing rain this month.

The Environment Agency has removed drought status in 19 counties in the south-west, Midlands and Yorkshire, meaning hosepipe bans are unlikely in those areas this summer.

Hosepipe bans, imposed by seven water companies, remain in force in London, the south-east and parts of East Anglia. However, Thames Water, the biggest supplier with 8.8 million customers, said further restrictions, for which a formal drought order would be needed, could now be ruled out in 2012.

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