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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