16 Apr '12, 10am

Long term warning as drought spreads across England. Read more at:

The news comes as the Environment Agency warned that the drought could last beyond Christmas . While rain over the spring and summer will help to water crops and gardens, it is unlikely to improve the underlying drought situation. It was hoped that a prolonged period of rainfall between October and March – known as the winter recharge period – would prevent widespread drought, but parts of England received less than 60 per cent of the average winter rainfall, and water supplies have not been replenished. Experts are now hoping for a steady rainy winter in 2012/13 to restore rivers and groundwaters, but the Environment Agency is working with the water industry to put plans in place now to deal with the prospect of a third dry winter . Water companies are looking at where they may be able to get more water, options to share water across company boundaries and how they ca...

Full article: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/138916.aspx?cov...

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