4 Two Year Drought Warning

Two Year Drought Warning

Yesterday the Environment Minister, Elliot Morley told the Commons, "We are facing a two-year drought. We are facing the worst drought since 1975. In some parts of the south east, it is the worst drought for 100 years."

Responding to these comments Tory MP for South Croydon, Richard Ottaway, warned that some Water Agencies were planning to extend their current restrictions and that "essential use only" orders were about to be imposed in some areas. "They will result, not only in a ban on car washes, but a ban on the watering of bowling greens, golf courses, tennis courts and sports grounds such as Lord's, the Oval and Wimbledon and watering of the Royal Parks, including Kew Gardens."

The low levels in reservoirs raise the prospect of standpipes for two summers. Meanwhile, Chelsea Flower Show chiefs may ban exhibitors from using water features and look for other ways to reduce consumption.

Mr Morley added that there was no chance the hosepipe bans, carrying a fine of up to £1,000, would be lifted this summer. "I don't think it is a lot to ask that people face some restrictions. They can still use watering cans and recycled water."

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