UK could see worst drought since 1976
- Published on Thursday, 16 February 2012 08:58
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The environment secretary is to meet water companies, farmers and wildlife groups amid fears part of Britain could face the worst drought since 1976
Parts of south-east England, east Anglia and the east Midlands are among the worst affected areas, the Environment Agency (EA) says.It says Northamptonshire has had the driest 16 months since record began.
Water restrictions could be introduced unless heavy and prolonged rainfall takes place before April, the EA warns.Caroline Spelman is to meet water companies - who are encouraging customers to cut down on consumption - along with other concerned groups next week.
A lack of rainfall over the past few months means groundwater levels are still falling in many areas.This week the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology reported that average rainfall so far this winter was the lowest since 1972.
Source: BBC News