27 April, 2012
All south western counties have been officially
declared as drought areas following exceptionally low rainfall over
the last two years.
Despite the recent spells of heavy rain, Cornwall, Devon,
Somerset and Dorset are amongst 17 counties which have recently
been named as drought zones by The Environment Agency. There are
even fears that the problem could last beyond the turn of the
Trevor Bishop, who is head of water resources at the Environment
Agency has urged those residing in drought areas to use water as
sparingly as possible.
Speaking to The Press Association, he said: "A longer term
drought, lasting until Christmas and perhaps beyond, now looks more
likely. While we've had some welcome rain recently, the problem has
not gone away, and we would urge everyone - right across the
country - to use water wisely now, which will help to prevent more
serious impacts next year."
The Environment Agency is hoping that by asking consumers to be
frugal with water, they will not have to impose limits on
commercial extractors, such as farmers.
According to thisiscornwall.co.uk, rainfall levels since
October 2010 are at their lowest in almost 90 years.
Many counties in the Midlands, including Nottinghamshire,
Leicestershire and Derbyshire, have also been declared as official
Source: Vertical Leap