Businesses urged to aid drought mitigation measures

Environmental update 19/03/2012

Businesses – particularly those in the south-east of England – are being urged to be prudent about the amount of water they use, after the Environment Agency (EA) published stark new information on the country’s drought conditions.

The EA’s new Drought Prospects report has highlighted that the drought that the whole of the south-east and East Anglia regions are facing could spread north as far as East Yorkshire and west to the Hampshire-Wiltshire border.

Seven companies will impose water-use restrictions on residents and companies in the region, following two consecutive abnormally dry winters.

The EA’s chairman, Lord Chris Smith, has appealed to businesses in particular to help in their efforts to manage the challenges brought about by the drought.

“Our report urges water companies, farmers and other businesses to look again at ways to improve short-term water storage, share water resources where possible, and reduce the amount they and their customers use,” he said.

“A prolonged drought will have long-term impacts on wildlife and habitats. The Environment Agency is actively monitoring the environmental impact of the drought and will take action to mitigate these impacts wherever possible.”

The EA has suggested that water companies and farmers consider sharing water with neighbouring companies by setting up water abstractor groups.

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