17 English counties were declared as official drought zones as environment agency warns that water shortages may last until Christmas of this year.
The dry weather we have experienced over the past few months have caused a drastic decrease in the water levels of some rivers in England. The drought map has now extended into the Midlands and the South West of England, The Environment Agency says.
Authorities say public water supplies are not threatened by the continuing drought but are constantly reminding people to save water. Midlands and South West of England have moved into “official drought status” after having experienced two dry winters (leaving rivers and ground waters depleted), the agency said.
Official Drought zone in the midlands consists of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire while the South West region covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, parts of Hampshire and most of Wiltshire.
“As more areas of the UK move into drought it is vital that we use less water to protect the public’s water supply in the driest areas of the country. It is for everyone to share the responsibility to save water.” says Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.