Warning of a return to standpipes as downpours fail to end shortage

Water shortages in the 1970s saw thousands of standpipes set up in Yorkshire. Now, it's southern Britain which is at risk of running short.

Water shortages in Yorkshire in 1976 affected more than half a million people
Water shortages in Yorkshire in 1976 affected more than half a million people Credit: ITN Archive

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Standpipes 'could return'

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has raised the possibility of standpipes returning to UK streets if the country is hit by a third dry winter in a row.The warning comes as fears of further flooding remain following heavy rains.