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Drought Across Swathes of England Set to Remain Until Next Year

  • Water companies seek permission to keep extracting from rivers
  • Recent rainfall has not been enough to replenish UK’s reserves
The exposed bed of the Arlington Reservoir near Polegate, UK.

The exposed bed of the Arlington Reservoir near Polegate, UK.

Photographer: Carlos Jasso/Bloomberg
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Large parts of England are likely to remain in an official drought until next year, prompting the water industry to push for restrictions such as bans on cleaning aircraft and industrial facilities.

Water companies are also seeking permission to extract more from rivers, or to keep taking water even when levels drop below certain thresholds, according to documents from a National Drought Group meeting seen by Bloomberg News.