11 May '12, 10am

Heavy rain results in review of drought-affected areas: Find out where and why:

Based on these indicators, the Environment Agency has reviewed water availability in different areas, to reflect the impact that the heavy rainfall has had on agriculture, the environment and public water supplies. Dr Paul Leinster, Environment Agency Chief Executive , said: 'Water resources across England and Wales are kept constantly under review. The recent record rainfall has eased pressure on water resources in some parts of England, helping levels in rivers and reservoirs to recover and providing relief to farmers, gardeners and wildlife. 'The Environment Agency will continue to keep a close eye on the situation. Low groundwater levels remain a concern across many parts of England, with many still at a similar level to those in 1976 and unlikely to return to normal levels before the winter. A return to a long period of dry weather would increase the risk again.' The ...

Full article: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/139529.aspx

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