People in England Urged to Reduce Unnecessary Water Use Amid Driest Weather Conditions Since 1976

The United Kingdom government urged the people in England to reduce their use of unnecessary water as the country faces its driest conditions since 1976.

The National Drought Group (NDG) of the Environment Agency (EA) convened on July 26 to discuss actions to take “to protect water resources and the environment in the UK in the weeks ahead.”

“While last week’s extreme high temperatures are now behind us and there are currently no plans for restrictions on essential water use, we can all do our bit by reducing unnecessary water consumption and following advice from our water company to ensure this remains the case whilst our rivers are exceptionally low,” Harvard Bradshaw, the Environment Agency executive director for the environment and NDG chairperson, said.

Reservoirs are at record lows in some parts of England where rainfall has been below average for months.

NDG stopped short of declaring a drought, but the EA and water companies are now enacting the early stages of their drought plans.

“Water companies have detailed plans in place to manage water resources for customers and the environment, and are doing everything they can, including working closely with government and regulators, to minimize the need for any restrictions and ensure rivers continue to flow,” Water UK Director of Policy Stuart Colville said.

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