U.K. Rains Seen by Agency as Easing Pressure on Water Supplies
Weather in the U.K. that’s been “exceptionally wet” since April increased river and reservoir levels and reduced farmers’ need to irrigate crops, the Environment Agency said.
About 29 millimeters (1.1 inches) of rain fell in east- central England this week and Wales received 63 millimeters, the agency said in a report on its website dated yesterday. Precipitation totals so far in June have been larger than long- term averages for the month in many regions, it said.
Groundwater supplies remain low in some areas, with four water companies maintaining restrictions on public use, the agency said. Thames Water, Anglian Water and Southern Water lifted hosepipe bans yesterday.
“The exceptionally wet weather since April has meant that river and reservoir levels have significantly improved, easing pressure on the environment and water supplies,” National Drought Coordinator Polly Chancellor said in the report. “Despite the lifting of water restrictions in some parts of the southeast, we urge people to continue to use water wisely.”
To contact the reporter on this story: Whitney McFerron in London at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org