Drought alert ahead of water talks

Drought alert ahead of water talks

Drought alert ahead of water talks

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Parts of England are in "crippling drought" with some rivers and groundwater levels lower than in 1976, it has been warned ahead of a Government summit on the issue.

As the South East looks set to follow eastern England into drought, the Environment Department is convening a meeting of water companies, farmers and wildlife groups to discuss potential water shortages.

It comes after the latest Environment Agency briefing said parts of eastern England continue to be drought-afflicted, while swathes of the South East are still affected by dry weather.

They would need well above average rainfall over the next few months for groundwater levels to recover, but the Midlands, Anglian region and South East all had below average rainfall in January.

Ahead of the summit, Thames Water said it was no longer a question of whether there would be a drought in its area, only when and how bad it would be.

Richard Aylard, sustainability director for Thames Water said the Thames Valley and London had received below-average rainfall for 18 months of the last 23 months.

Flows in the River Lee, which goes through Hertfordshire and north east London, are less than a quarter (24 per cent) than the long-term average for the waterway, while the Kennet in Wiltshire has seen flows of less than a third (31 per cent) of average levels.

The Darent, in Kent, is at exceptionally low levels, as is the Wye in Surrey, while a number of other rivers are well below normal levels. The lack of rain has also seen groundwater levels drop significantly, and in some areas they are below the levels seen in the drought year of 1976.

Thames Water is urging people to save water, for example by turning off the tap while cleaning their teeth or taking shorter showers, fixing leaks and only washing full loads of laundry, in the face of potential shortages.

Ahead of the summit, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: "All of our activity is going to be carefully coordinated so that we are able to minimise the effects of unpredictable water availability and support people in doing the right thing in taking sensible measures to save water."

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9:59am Mon 20 Feb 12

Slonik says...

Unless we do something about the rapid growth in our population (due primarily to immigration) we're going to see plenty more of this sort of thing. Our infrastructure is already creaking at the seams and continuing to concrete and tarmac over our country to accommodate more and more people is exacerbating the problem.
Unless we do something about the rapid growth in our population (due primarily to immigration) we're going to see plenty more of this sort of thing. Our infrastructure is already creaking at the seams and continuing to concrete and tarmac over our country to accommodate more and more people is exacerbating the problem. Slonik
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10:51am Mon 20 Feb 12

Locked an Loaded says...

Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples.
Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples. Locked an Loaded
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11:29am Mon 20 Feb 12

the wall says...

Locked an Loaded wrote:
Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples.
Unlike you what you are suggesting is not that simple.
[quote][p][bold]Locked an Loaded[/bold] wrote: Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples.[/p][/quote]Unlike you what you are suggesting is not that simple. the wall
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12:00pm Mon 20 Feb 12

Dickie Cranium says...

Simple 'mates', dont drink water or wash. Haw haw haw mates. Any one gota plaster fer my knuckles.
Simple 'mates', dont drink water or wash. Haw haw haw mates. Any one gota plaster fer my knuckles. Dickie Cranium
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12:56pm Mon 20 Feb 12

rw4732 says...

back in 1976, there was a plan to channel water down to the south of england using the old canal system and that would have required very little pipework underground, so the water could be brought from the wetter areas to the dryer areas, but then came along the privatisation and profit making in to water and its supply, so unless it makes a profit the water companies won't do anything about drought until it happens! 1976 was not the last hot summer we had 2003 was hot as well with water restrictions!
back in 1976, there was a plan to channel water down to the south of england using the old canal system and that would have required very little pipework underground, so the water could be brought from the wetter areas to the dryer areas, but then came along the privatisation and profit making in to water and its supply, so unless it makes a profit the water companies won't do anything about drought until it happens! 1976 was not the last hot summer we had 2003 was hot as well with water restrictions! rw4732
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1:11pm Mon 20 Feb 12

PaulErith says...

the wall wrote:
Locked an Loaded wrote: Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples.
Unlike you what you are suggesting is not that simple.
...so predictable!
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Locked an Loaded[/bold] wrote: Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples.[/p][/quote]Unlike you what you are suggesting is not that simple.[/p][/quote]...so predictable! PaulErith
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3:53pm Mon 20 Feb 12

the wall says...

PaulErith wrote:
the wall wrote:
Locked an Loaded wrote: Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples.
Unlike you what you are suggesting is not that simple.
...so predictable!
Got anything else to say Paul ? Any more pipe dreams you want to tell us about. How about some bright idea 'you' have. This time can we have an idea that hasn't been in use for 20 years already.

You have as much charisma as a Saturday night pavement pizza.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Locked an Loaded[/bold] wrote: Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples.[/p][/quote]Unlike you what you are suggesting is not that simple.[/p][/quote]...so predictable![/p][/quote]Got anything else to say Paul ? Any more pipe dreams you want to tell us about. How about some bright idea 'you' have. This time can we have an idea that hasn't been in use for 20 years already. You have as much charisma as a Saturday night pavement pizza. the wall
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8:33am Tue 21 Feb 12

PaulErith says...

the wall wrote:
PaulErith wrote:
the wall wrote:
Locked an Loaded wrote: Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples.
Unlike you what you are suggesting is not that simple.
...so predictable!
Got anything else to say Paul ? Any more pipe dreams you want to tell us about. How about some bright idea 'you' have. This time can we have an idea that hasn't been in use for 20 years already. You have as much charisma as a Saturday night pavement pizza.
The 'Saturday Night Pavement Pizzas' -Good name for a band.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Locked an Loaded[/bold] wrote: Instead of giving billions of pounds to overseas countrys in aid why not build a system to channel spare water from the north of england down to the drought regions in the south in huge pipes laid underground? simples.[/p][/quote]Unlike you what you are suggesting is not that simple.[/p][/quote]...so predictable![/p][/quote]Got anything else to say Paul ? Any more pipe dreams you want to tell us about. How about some bright idea 'you' have. This time can we have an idea that hasn't been in use for 20 years already. You have as much charisma as a Saturday night pavement pizza.[/p][/quote]The 'Saturday Night Pavement Pizzas' -Good name for a band. PaulErith
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9:36am Thu 23 Feb 12

john sopwith says...

And this affects Lewisham or SE London how, exactly?

It's all very well printing these national syndicated news stories, but you could put a bit of effort in and explain what the local impact is. At least try to make it relevant.
And this affects Lewisham or SE London how, exactly? It's all very well printing these national syndicated news stories, but you could put a bit of effort in and explain what the local impact is. At least try to make it relevant. john sopwith
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