UK suffering drought after 'driest winter'
Published 21/02/2012 | 05:00
A state of drought was declared in the south-east of England yesterday after the driest ever winter in the region.
The British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said reservoirs, rivers and groundwater aquifers were well below normal levels.
The state of drought in the region was declared after the Environment Department convened a summit of water companies, farmers and wildlife groups yesterday to discuss potential water shortages.
Thames Water warned that there was a high chance of water restrictions this summer.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: "Drought is already an issue this year with the south-east, Anglia and other parts of the UK now officially in drought, and more areas are likely to be affected as we continue to experience a prolonged period of very low rainfall."