Drought orders expected as river and groundwater levels continue to drop

Environment Agency (EA) chief executive Sir James Bevan is expecting more water companies to apply for drought orders after last year’s dry weather was followed by low rainfall this spring.

In a statement made yesterday on behalf of the National Drought Group, which includes government departments, water companies and environmental groups, Bevan said continued dry weather conditions are putting “particular pressure on the environment and agriculture”.

It will be “some time before conditions can return to normal,” he said, adding that “rainfall over the next few weeks will not be sufficient”.

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