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Over recent years
the UK has had earlier and hotter summers, which have brought
droughts and hosepipe bans with them. Water levels have not been
replenished properly, causing great problems in providing the
amount of water that consumers and industry are used to.
A drought is a prolonged period without rainfall, leading to the
depletion of stored water reserves. During a drought, restrictions
are placed on the use of water and this may lead to the disruption
of the water supply and the use of stand-pipes. Water restrictions
are becoming normal within the south-east of England. In an extreme
drought, this may start to affect the ability to perform basic
There are powers available to the water companies, that have a
commitment to provide a sufficient level of water to each
household, to ensure that this can be done. Medway Council works
closely with the water companies and is in regular discussion with
them to provide a high level of co-operation to prepare a response
to the effects of a drought.
Agency has more information on drought.
A drought may be caused by a heat