EA Drought Prospect Report

EA Drought Prospect Report

Friday, March 16, 2012

Following the publication of the Environment Agency's Drought Prospects Report this week, the NFU have welcomed measures designed to minimise impacts of potential water shortages this summer.

Several water companies have issued temporary water use bans across Southern and Eastern parts of England which are already in drought, to help conserve available water resources.

NFU deputy president Meurig Raymond said "most agricultural production in England and Wales is rain-fed, with only one per cent of water resources nationally being taken from ground and surface water sources for agricultural use.

The NFU is now discussing with water companies how drinking water will continue to be made available for livestock and with the EA on how restrictions on crop irrigation could be phased in to allow advance planning and use of voluntary restrictions wherever possible."

The report warns the drought could spread as far north as East Yorkshire and as far west as the Hampshire-Wiltshire border, if the dry weather continues this spring.

EA chairman Lord Chris Smith said "we are working with businesses, farmers and water companies to meet the challenges of a continued drought. Our report urges water companies, farmers and other businesses to look again at ways to improve short term water storage, share water resources where possible, and reduce the amount they and their customers use."


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