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Drought Threat Puts Focus on England’s Chronic Water Leaks

  • Environment Agency could announce an official drought
  • Hosepipe bans are being imposed on families in several regions
Water levels at Woodhead Reservoir in Longdendale, U.K.

Water levels at Woodhead Reservoir in Longdendale, U.K.

Photographer: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg
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With England baking under an extreme heat warning, government officials and water companies meet today to try to assess what’s shaping up to be the worst drought since 1976.

The drought could be made official in some parts of the south, the Press Association reported on Thursday, an increase from the current status of “prolonged dry weather” across most of England.