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England: Drought declared while water companies leak 1,500m litres a day

A recent photograph of the dried-up River Kennet, the largest tributary of the Thames.
The River Kennet, the largest tributary of the Thames, has become a symbol of the current drought affecting the east and south of England.
Both aquifers, which are natural underground reservoirs, and man-made reservoirs rely mainly on autumn and winter rainfall to recharge them, and this has been below average in the last few months.
As a result the Kennet is running dry and Ardingly reservoir in West Sussex and Bewl in Kent are around two-fifths of their normal levels.
After a summit of water company representatives yesterday, environment secretary Caroline Spelman warned that: “Drought is already an issue this year with the South East, Anglia and other parts of the UK now officially in drought, and more areas are likely to be affected as we continue to experience a prolonged period of very low rainfall.

 

                           


            

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