Water shortage is now ‘critical’

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A HOSE pipe ban could be enforced this summer after rainfall in the Daventry district reached its lowest level for 90 years.

The county is in its first drought since 1996, and the Environment Agency has warned that without a serious increase in the amount of water in the next few months the region faces a difficult summer.

Anglian Water provides the majority of water to the Daventry district from Pitsford Reservoir.

Iain Page, the planning manager for water resources for Northamptonshire at the Environment Agency, said: “I know it seems strange to be talking about drought but that is a reflection of how serious this situation is.

“We have had a perpetual lack of rainfall for many months, it is critical and the prospect for rain in the next few months is poor.

“We are working closely with water companies, farmers, growers and environment charities to work through this difficult period.

“Water is a precious resource and we all need to think about our usage to delay restrictions.

“We don’t want to alarm people, but this is a serious situation.”

Severn Trent Water, which supplies some of the border villages with Warwickshire, has said it will not need to impose a hose pipe ban as its reservoir levels are more stable.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has called a drought summit next week.