UK faces water rationing in 2012

Firms providing water to around half the population said that some of the driest weather on record over the last year has left stocks seriously depleted.With temperatures still unseasonably mild, families are being urged to save water over the coming months as Britain faces the first winter drought in nearly a decade.

Thames Water and South East Water have issued appeals, just days after Anglian Water applied for a drought permit to take emergency supplies out of rivers.South East Water said it could be forced to follow suit in asking for permission to pump water from rivers to top up its reservoirs, or even impose water restrictions next spring.The company said its two reservoirs in Sussex were only a third full, while groundwater sources were well below average for the time of year

With rain heading this way over next few days its a good time to get your water butts cleaned and ready to collect as much of this precious liquid gold for garden use as possible. If you dont have a water butt in place its time to prepare for higher water charges in 2012 by investing in one this winter:

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