Saturday, June 19, 2010

Northwest England braced for drought threat

Sam Bond in England's North West - usually one of the wetter parts of the country - has had a dry start to the year with much lower than average rainfall over the past five months, prompting a call to action to help prevent drought. The year so far has been one of the driest in decades for the region, with reservoir water stocks starting to run low.

While it's still a long way off standpipes in the streets, John Sanders from United Utilities, the water company that covers most of the region, urged the public to think carefully about their water use while offering reassurances that the taps were not about to run dry.

"We are certainly not applying for drought permits - nor are we about to introduce a hosepipe ban," he said. "[But] if this dry weather continues we have strategies in place to maintain essential supplies to customers….

Locator map of northwest England, by Cruccone, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License

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