Water Shortage 2018 – Is There A Drought In The Uk And Are We Running Out Of Water?


A SUMMER heatwave has seen Britain’s water supplies run dangerously low in some areas.

But could the hot weather trigger a drought in Britain, and what are personal water targets? Find out here.

ncjMedia The River Tyne was reduced to a trickling stream in parts of Northumberland as the glorious weather continues

Could there be a drought?

The South East has only seen seven per cent of its average rainfall for this year.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “If the region sees no more rain for the rest of June it will be the driest on record, but this is ‘touch and go’ in view of the potential for scattered thundery showers to develop at the end of this month.”

Other areas like the South West have also been left gasping for water, recording 12.5mm of rain – just 17 per cent of its average rainfall for June.

So far in July, Kent has had only eight per cent of its long-term average rainfall, with Sussex receiving just four per cent.

Areas across the UK have received barely any rain between 13 to 19 June, according to The Environment Agency

For the UK overall, an average of 35.4mm has been recorded in June – sparking fears of a drought as reservoirs dry up in the heat.The hottest day of the year so far has now been recorded as Sunday, July 8.

Temperatures of 32.4C (90F) were recorded in Gosport, Hampshire, the Met Office said.

Northern Ireland is the first area to bring in a hosepipe ban, it is the first time it has done so in six years.

NI Water chief executive Sara Venning said: “We have maximised our water production and need customers’ help to reduce demand.

“We are asking customers to take heed of the hosepipe ban and stop non-essential water use – using hoses and sprinklers is causing demand to exceed the capacity to supply.”

North News and Pictures With the prolonged dry spell continuing during the current heatwave, many of the Lake District’s rivers and lakes are starting to show the effects of very little rainfall

Other drastic measures could follow suit, with Anglian Water previously distributing 25,000 waterproof egg timers to encourage people to have a shower instead of running a bath in 2012.

The average person in the UK uses a huge amount of water, around 150 litres of water a day compared to just 127 litres per person across the channel in Germany.

Pacemaker Press Jolene Burns pictured enjoying the early morning weather in Hazelbank Park near Belfast

But water suppliers have raised concerns that water usage can increase by more than 50 per cent during a hot spell.

A spokesperson for South East Water said: “That can not only mean a slightly higher bill for customers, it puts pressure on our water network and the reserves of the natural resource we all rely on as more water is put into the system to meet demand.”

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