Severe water shortage hits Britain – worst since 1976

Severe water shortage hits Britain – worst since 1976

London : United Kingdom | Apr 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM PDT
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The Environment Agency has warned that more than 50% of Britain is in the grip of a drought – it would be the worst case of shortage of water since 1976 as revealed in The Telegraph dated 16th of April 2012.

Reports indicate that more than 35-million people in Britain are now living in areas which have been affected by drought.

Water shortage conditions have been declared officially in Midlands and the South West.

Experts feel that some portions of Britain today are drier than it was in 1976 when Britain had faced the worst drought in a century.

Restrictions had already been imposed on use of water for non-drinking proposes like gardening in order to conserve the precious commodity.

The Anglian Water is one company which has introduced the hosepipe ban and it plans to buy 30-million liters of water every day from Severn Trent to ease the difficult situation.

The drought is a result of inadequate rainfall and, every user must use it judiciously – schools might have to close early and business houses would also have to go in for suitable measures to tide over the crisis.

Lack of proper rainfall affects not only the farmer and his crops but also wildlife.

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