Driest Conditions in South East in over 70 Years

January 31, 2006 at 3:34 pm

There are still concerns over lack of rainfall in the South East as areas of Sussex and Kent are experiencing the driest conditions since the 1933-1934 drought. Other areas in the UK are the driest they have been since 1976.

The Environmental Agency warns that water restrictions and environmental impacts are inevitable if rainfall stays low. Hosepipe and sprinkler bans and drought permits and orders may be necessary to help water companies manage their supplies. Southern Water have said bans are to remain in place this summer in the worst affected areas.

The problems have been caused by lack of rain so far this winter and if the dry weather continues, some companies may be affected by the banning of non-essential water use such as carwashes and watering sports grounds. Everything will be done to prevent this happening and conserving water is essential at this time.

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Drought fears for the South

January 16, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Southern households could face water restrictions and rationing rainfall is at the lowest levels seen for 30 years. If the dry weather continues throughout the spring, water companies may have to impose ‘drought measures’.

Resevoirs in the area are less than half as full as the rest of the country and river flows are below 50% of the average for January. The Telegraph’s weather expert stated that to avoid problems the area now needs double the normal rainfall.

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Customers Complain about Price Rises

January 11, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Customers are complaining about water company price rises despite the low official inflation rate. One customer remarked to the telegraph that the prices seem so unfair as ‘It is not competitive privatisation’, we have no choice who we buy our water from.

Severn Trent customers can expect to pay £129 this year, a huge 50% rise over five years. Welsh Water customers will pay £142 which sees a 10% increase from last year and those living in the Thames Water area could see bills as high as £150 which is a massive increase of 34.2%.

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Happy New Year, Water Bills on the Up!

January 4, 2006 at 3:33 pm

The New Year brings a whole host of price rises when we can least afford it. Utilities are all increasing, including water bills. Last year saw an 11.3% increase in bills which was apparently down to the water companies making many investments.

Water charges are set by law and Ofwat state that bills will rise 18% over 5 years on top of inflation. This year looks to bring a 6% increase to what we pay for our water.

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Protected Crayfish found in Leeds Waters

January 4, 2006 at 3:32 pm

Britain’s only native crayfish – the freshwater white clawed crayfish have been found in an urban area of Leeds. Meanwood Beck has been a site for crayfish for years but their habitat has been restricted only to the more rural areas because of water quality.

Thanks to work by Yorkshire Water partnered with the Environmental Agency cleaning up sewerage and rainwater overflow discharging into Meanwood Beck, these crayfish have now been found further downstream.

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