Yesterday, the Environment Agency (EA) confirmed that all of England’s south-west region is now officially in drought.
Defra and the EA have urged water companies to continue with their precautionary planning to protect essential supplies in the event of a dry autumn.
Chris Paul, the EA’s area drought lead, said: “Despite some heavy rain over the past two weeks, it has not been enough to refill our rivers and aquifers.
“River levels across our Wessex area are exceptionally low – many showing the lowest flows on record. This places incredible strain on local wildlife and this is why we are moving to drought status. We are prioritising our local operations to minimise impacts on the environment.”