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Region still in drought despite the heavy rain

The Anglia region is still officially in drought and a hosepipe ban remain in force across much of the area despite the recent weeks of heavy rain.

  • Pitsford Reservoir in Northamptonshire is now at 83% capacity compared with 63% at the end of March.
  • Rutland Water has increased from 73% full in March to 88% full.

Drought status has been lifted by the Environment Agency for 19 counties in the South West, the Midlands and Yorkshire after persistent rain boosted river and reservoir levels, reducing pressure on the environment and water supplies


Farmers take drought worries to government

Farmers are concerned about the impact of the drought on agriculture Credit: ITV Anglia

Farmers from Norfolk met with government officials on Thursday 19th April to voice their fears about the drought. They're concerned about the long term impacts it will have on our agriculture.

They also discussed how water will be supplied in the future, with options including winter storage and reservoirs.

The delegation of farmers and agriculture specialists was organised by South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss.


Environment Agency warns of flash flooding

Environment Agency warns of flash flooding Credit: ITV Anglia

There is a warning that the drought gripping our region could increase the risk of flash flooding.

After two unusually dry years the Enviroment Agency says any heavy rainfall is less likely to be absorbed into the ground, meaning flash flooding is more likely if the country is hit by storms.

Grand Union Canal could be used to ease drought

Anglian Water's Head of Resources Mike Cook has told ITV Anglia the company is considering using the Grand Union Canal to move water from the Midlands to the Milton Keynes area.

The news follows plans revealed this morning to move 30 million litres of water a day from bore holes under Birmingham to an Anglian Water reservoir in Lincolnshire.Neither plan has yet been improved but they are seen as a cheaper alternative to building a custom made national water grid.

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