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Droughts: Greater London

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL5024, tabled on 2 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the likelihood that drought measures will need to be imposed in the Greater London area.

Answered on

16 June 2020

Water companies supplying the Greater London area have reported that, despite the dry spring, their storage levels are normal and there is a low risk that they will need to implement restrictions this summer due to water availability.

Further consecutive months of exceptionally dry weather (below 60% of long term average rainfall) could lead to a deterioration in reservoir storage and require further action, but at present the water resources situation in London is normal.

If there continues to be significantly less rainfall than average, there will be impacts on the environment and on water availability for agriculture. The Environment Agency is working with all sectors through the National Drought Group to ensure that collaborative action is taken to minimise the impacts of drought.

At present water companies across the country are reporting unprecedented high demands on water supplies and this is putting pressure on parts of their distribution networks. They are taking action to maintain supplies to customers.