With water direct from the tap (courtesy of the best water softeners Berkshire has to offer), you don’t think of the UK as a country at particular risk of drought, however, this year’s winter weather has seen the lowest amount of rain recorded for the last 20 years.
With this, it’s been predicted that this summer various spots around the UK will experience droughts. For many of us, this simply means not watering our gardens as we go on hosepipe ban, but for businesses that rely on the rain such as farmers and gardeners within the agricultural sector, it’s an unsettling time.
With less wet weather and farmers crops at risk, they have had to manually water the dried out fields, which could results in restrictions on water use over the next few months.
A water supplier for a vast area of the South West say they have noticed between 50 and 70 per cent less rainfall across January, February and March year on year according to The Telegraph.
Other areas of the UK affected by the lack of rain are Kent and Sussex with their water needs provided by underground springs from rainwater. George Leigh from the Environment Agency said that “some rivers, ground waters and reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year. Below average rainfall could increase the likelihood of drought management measures in some areas.”
The rain isn’t expected to arrive anytime soon with experts saying the dry spell could go on over the next three months. Water agencies are aware of the possible problems to come and are reported to have all measures in place should a serious water shortage commence, and water regulations will be put in place across affected areas.