(ANSA) – LONDON, AUGUST 12 – A state of emergency due to drought has been officially declared by the British authorities in many areas of England, including the capital London, after months of low rainfall and record high temperatures.
According to the statement released by the National Drought Group, the body that monitors water reserves, parts of southwestern, southern, central and eastern England are affected by the alarming condition, which requires new forms of rationing. The emergency was last declared in 2018. “We urge everyone to carefully manage the amount of water they use during this exceptionally dry period,” said National Drought Group President Harvey Bradshaw.
Water companies had been preparing for extraordinary measures for days and some had already been introduced. With the new state they will be able to more easily ban customers from watering the garden or washing their car, but also impose stricter restrictions, extending commercial bans to cleaning buildings, vehicles and windows. There is also the possibility of drawing more water than usual from rivers and reservoirs. At the moment, however, the authorities are reassuring that “essential water supplies are guaranteed”. (HANDLE).
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