Environment Agency confirms the Midlands is officially in drought

THE Midlands is officially in drought, the Environment Agency has confirmed today (Monday).

Rutland and Lincolnshire have been in drought conditions since June 2011 but the Environment Agency confirmed the entire of the Midlands is in drought.

The decision to declare drought was taken after the driest year on record in 2011, a second winter of below-average rainfall and only just over 40 per cent average rainfall in February and March.

The Environment Agency said that although there had been more rain in April, it will take months of sustained rainfall to improve underground water and river levels.

Anglian Water has already imposed a hosepipe ban, which affects people in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, as well as Tixover, Ketton, Tinwell, Tickencote, Pickworth and Clipsham.

Severn Trent Water, which supplies customers in the rest of Rutland, is not currently anticipating any impact on water supply, such as a hosepipe ban.