UK Urged To Use Water Wisely During Dry Weather
It’s with a sigh of relief that we say goodbye to the soaring temperatures seen just a week or so ago, but just because we don’t have the sun bearing down on us at the moment doesn’t mean we should become complacent with how we use and consume precious water resources.
Just this week (July 26th), the Environment Agency called together the National Drought Group, made up of water companies, Water UK, government bodies, the Environment Agency, the NFU and environmental protection groups like Rivers Trust and the Angling Trust.
It was agreed that the current prolonged dry weather conditions would be monitored closely, with water levels managed and action taken where necessary, including implementing different levels of already-proven dry weather plans in those areas most affected.
Most of England is now considered to have prolonged dry weather status, which means the Environment Agency is now taking precautions to mitigate the effects of deteriorating conditions, enhancing the monitoring and protection of water resources.
It’s important to note, however, that at present nowhere in England is currently classified as being in drought, with most water suppliers still able to maintain good reservoir storage for summertime demand.
Should the situation change in the near future, it may be that further measures are brought in, such as temporary use bans (also known as hosepipe bans). In this instance, this will be decided by individual water firms. Drought permits and drought orders, meanwhile, will be determined by the Environment Agency and Defra respectively.
Harvey Bradshaw, executive director for the environment with the Environment Agency and chair of the NDG, said: “While last week’s extreme high temperatures are now behind us and there are currently no plans for restrictions on essential water use, we can all do our bit by reducing unnecessary water consumption and following advice from our water company to ensure this remains the case whilst our rivers are exceptionally low.”
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