Drought isn't over, water firm reminds customers

Post by George Dixon on 26th April 2012 in General industry

Drought isn't over, water firm reminds customers

A UK water company has reminded its customers that drought restrictions remain in place.

Sandbags have been handed to homeowners in flood risk areas and motorists have been told to brace themselves for travel chaos following heavy rainfall across much of Britain in recent days.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "There is no real end in sight to this unsettled period. We'll certainly see showers across the country in the next seven days and longer forecasts suggest it will continue through much of May."

But despite the recent downpours, many households in Britain still face restrictions on their use of water.

Kent-based South East Water has reminded people that while April has brought showers, last month was the driest March since 1953.

A spokesperson for the water company told the Mid Sussex Times: "We rely on rain falling in the winter to refill underground water supplies. Rain that falls in the spring and summer months is taken up by plants in the growing season, and does not reach those vital underground sources that provide 75 per cent of all our water supplies.

"It is going to take more than a few weeks of showers to overcome the current drought which has been caused by two years of below average rainfall."

Homeowners have been urged to collect rainwater in butts for use on their gardens, and to ensure that domestic appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines are fully loaded before use.

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