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Half of Britain in drought

The Environment Agency has declared official drought zones in a further 17 English counties and warned the shortages could last until Christmas or beyond. It is the worst national water shortage since 1976.

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Contingency plans to tackle England's drought

The Environment Agency is responsible for working with the water industry to put plans in place to deal with the prospect of a third dry winter.

  • Water companies are looking at where they may be able to get more water
  • Options to share water across company boundaries
  • They will also look at how they can reduce leakage
  • The Agency is urging all water users to save water now

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