England announced that some areas of the country are not receiving significant rainfall all summer, which caused the National Drought Group to declare an official drought.
The Environment Agency moved into drought in eight of its 14 areas: Devon and Cornwall, Solent and South Downs, Kent as well as south London. Herts, north London, East Anglia, Thames, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and the east Midlands also face this issue.
Documents seen by the Guardian show the agency expects a further two areas will move into drought later in August. These are Yorkshire and West Midlands.
On his part, Water minister Steve Double said: “We are currently experiencing a second heatwave after what was the driest July on record for parts of the country. Action is already being taken by the government and other partners including the Environment Agency to manage the impacts.”
“All water companies have reassured us that essential supplies are still safe, and we have made it clear it is their duty to maintain those supplies,” Double affirmed.
The agency members met earlier this summer to discuss the lack of rainfall and decided to put the country in “prolonged dry weather status”, the first of four emergency dry weather stages, and one step before the drought.