The water industry has agreed contingency plans with bottled water companies to help ensure essential supplies if a drought hits the UK this summer. Water regulator Ofwat estimates Britain is losing over 3bn litres of water a day through leaking pipes. The figure undermines claims by water companies that the drought threat is due to low rainfall.
Ofwat has warned that some water companies risk supply restrictions in a lengthy drought. On 1 April household water bills in England and Wales rose by an average of £29 a year to help tackle the leakage problem.
A move to install a new 'big brother' generation of speed cameras across Britain's road network is being opposed by motorists who claim the system - dubbed 'Spec' - is just a revenue-raising tool.
The scheme, backed by the Home Office and police, works by measuring the speed of drivers as they travel between two cameras. Manufacturer Speed Check Services says the cameras are designed to encourage motorists to drive sensibly over long distances.