However, this statement has not yet prompted any intervention at the level of top London authorities. This is currently at the level at which the companies involved in the business of selling water must prepare and manage their supplies.
Drought is declared, now what?
- In the event of a drought, all water utilities must have a strategy outlining the limits they can impose on their consumers.
- These proposals, which include temporary water-use restrictions such as hosepipe bans to reduce demand for water, are being implemented by water companies.
- They can also apply for drought orders and permits, which give them additional legal flexibility in managing their water resources, including the ability to withdraw more water from aquifers, reservoirs, and rivers.
- The use of non-essential water, such as in swimming pools and commercial vehicle washes, may be subject to restrictions.
- Customers may need to use standpipes or portable water tanks to access water.
- Farmers’ ability to use water for spray irrigation may be limited.
- The Environment Agency has the power to require the government to impose restrictions on water use in food processing and industrial manufacturing that have or could have serious impacts on the environment or public water supplies.
- If dry conditions pose a risk of fire, Natural England, the government’s conservation advisory body, can restrict access to certain sites such as national nature reserves.
Drought was declared in these regions
- Devon and Cornwall
- Solent and South Downs
- Kent and South London
- Herts and North London
- East Anglia
- river thames
- East Midlands