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
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
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