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UK regions prepare for drought as water restrictions tighten

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London — British Family faced new water restrictions on Friday, with parts of the UK likely to formally declare a drought, with governments, environmental officials and water companies meeting to discuss the effects of prolonged hot and dry weather.

The National Drought Group met after England's driest July since 1935. Parts of England and Wales are now in the middle of four days of rainfall, having received only 35% of the average rainfall for the month. "Heat" warning.

Local media such as the BBC and Sky News reported that drought could be declared in some parts of the country. The government said no decisions had been made before the meeting.

Early on Friday, Yorkshire's water authority announced a ban on hose pipes, which he said would begin on August 26, allowing customers to use hoses to water their gardens and drive their cars. It was forbidden to wash or put water in the pool.

"Hot and dry weather means Yorkshire rivers are running low and reservoirs are about 20% less than expected at this time of year," says Yorkshire Water. said Neil Dewis, Director of Water at .

The company, which serves some 2.3 million homes and her 130,000 business customers in parts of the North and Midlands of England, is the latest local water company to announce usage restrictions.

A ban on hoses and sprinklers for South East Water customers went into effect Friday. Around London he said the Thames, which supplies water to 15 million people, is also planning restrictions on water. {nL1N2ZF0H0]

UK Environment Minister George Eustis this week called on water companies to take precautionary measures to protect water supplies.

Drought declarations are local and do not automatically trigger specific government interventions. There is likely to be.

Most of Europe saw massive wildfires causing the water levels of the Rhine in Germany to drain, and the headwaters of the Thames in England drying up further downstream than before. Faced with several weeks of baking temperatures. (Reporting by Farouq Suleiman, Editing by William James and Bradley Perrett)