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Crisis talks held to avoid summer drought

A drought summit is taking place today as parts of the UK have been experiencing reduced rain fall for months which may continue into the summer.

The summit, organised by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will look at how to ensure the UK has enough water, practical ways of tackling drough issues, and use water efficiently as well as protect the environment.

Those attending will include representatives from the water companies, the Environment Agency, Natural England, British Waterways, Met Office, and representatives from the Agricultural sector and Environmental NGOs.

“Parts of the UK are already being affected by drought this year. That’s why I’m bringing together experts and key players in the water industry to make sure that we’re all working in the most effective way possible,” said environment secretary Caroline Spelman.

“All of our activity is going to be carefully coordinated so that we are able to minimise the effects of unpredictable water availability and support people in doing the right thing in taking sensible measures to save water.

“It is imperative that we have a system in place that can provide a secure water supply for the future, at the same time as we continue to protect the environment.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Surely any consideration of how to deal with water shortages in the east and southeast must take account of the climatic disparity which gives the northwest a consistent excess of rainfall, and a consistent shortfall in the southeast.

    Have we ever had this discussion before?

    It seems that if all the funding put into talking repeatedly about the problem, and simply tinkering around the edges of the present system, were to be invested in a major scheme for national transfer of water, this might go a long way to solve the problem.

    Ted Wilson (M)

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