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Environment Agency warns drought could continue into 2013

The Environment Agency yesterday warned that the drought affecting parts of England could last beyond Christmas, as it revealed that 17 counties in the South West and Midlands had joined the South East, East Anglia and parts of Yorkshire as suffering from drought.

The new counties affected are Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Derbyshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, parts of Hampshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands, Wiltshire and Worcestershire

However, the announcement by the environmental regulator does not bring any new restrictions from local water companies at this stage. There remain seven water companies in the South and East of England that have introduced temporary use restrictions.

The Agency urged people and businesses to “use water wisely” in an attempt to stave off further restrictions.

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  • As a consequence of this article, I rushed to my local water company website to find out what was happening. I then discovered that we were in "Environmental Drought" (rivers low, wildlife engdangered) as opposed to "Water Resource Drought" (shortage of water in public supply). It would be helpful if NCE, as a technical journal, also made this distinction!

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