Following two of the driest years on record, seven water authorities in parts of southern and eastern England have imposed bans on hosepipes. Nearly 20 million citizens will be affected by this decision, made in part due to drought and “extreme circumstances.” Failure to comply with the ban may lead to fines of up to 1000 GBP.
To help ease this pressing shortage, water experts and municipal administrators are considering water transfer options from Wales. However, expense and logistical difficulties may prevent water resources from being accessed by groups who desperately need it.
The UK’s agricultural sector, particularly in the south of England, is at severe risk. Former National Farmers’ Union vice-chairman Gwyn Jones said if the drought became any worse, “there could be complete crop failure which would be really bad for us.”
The government is encouraging all UK households to be “smarter” about how they use water during these extenuating circumstances.
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