After the North West of England has been told it's to be hit with a hosepipe ban, could there be one in the Midlands?Read the full story ›
“We do not agree with the idea that universal metering will solve drought issues. Whilst metering is a good way for our customers to only pay for the water they use, it’s more important for us to help our customers understand why it is important to use water wisely.
“Customers in our region are very water conscious, with the lowest consumption per head in the UK. Our year-round message remains the same – continue to use water wisely as part of your everyday life. You will also save money on your water and energy bills.”
There's a warning today about the 'critical' state of the country's water supplies.Read the full story ›
A scheme is being planned to push millions of gallons of water from one part of the Midlands to another to help ease the water shortage.Read the full story ›
A nine mile pipe at Draycote reservoir in Warwickshire is pumping water from the River Leam into the reservoir which is at record low levels.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: "These temporary restrictions will help protect the public's water supply in the areas most affected by the record low levels of rainfall we have experienced.
"We can all help reduce the effects of drought by respecting these restrictions and being smarter about how we use water. Taking action now to reduce how much water we use will help us all in the future."
Households in some parts of the East Midlands will be banned from using hosepipes from today.Read the full story ›
Areas from Chesterfield up to Scarborough are officially suffering from drought.Read the full story ›
"Other measures are being taken in the Anglian region. For example the drainage boards have refilled the dykes. Normally at this time of year they are not full in anticipation of snowmelt or rainfall. So that's one of the ways we are building up resilience to deal with these very dry conditions".
The majority of the Midlands is now at high risk of drought this year, according to a report released today by The Environment Agency.
The report says parts of Nottinghamshire, South Derbyshire, South Staffordshire and North Gloucestershire could be affected.
This is in addition to areas that have previously been identified as high risk: Shropshire, North Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.