Environment Agency warns of critically low rainfall in south-east

The EA has voiced its concerns over the low-levels of rainfall across the south east of England

Hands holding water. Photograph: Dmitry Naumov/123RF
Southern Water applied for a winter drought permit. Photograph: Dmitry Naumov/123RF

The Environment Agency (EA) is concerned that without record rainfall in the coming months, south-east England could experience droughts.

With the exception of wet weather in late December the south-east has been experiencing an 18-month period of prolonged dry weather which has significantly affected aquifer reserves (porous rock where groundwater is stored), according to EA data.

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