Drought now covers much of EnglandDrought now extends to Midlands and South West

16 April 2012


Much of England is now in official drought, according to the Environment Agency.

The south east of England and East Anglia were already in drought. Now an extra seventeen counties have been added to the list. These comprise the whole of the Midlands, the south west of England, parts of Yorkshire and Hampshire, and most of Wiltshire. 

The restrictions mean that you may not be able to use a hosepipe to water your garden, wash your car, clean windows or fill a pond. 

Which? water expert, Sylvia Baron says: 'We should try and conserve water at all times - it's better for the environment and your wallet.'

Hosepipe ban

Seven water companies have already imposed restrictions over the south east and east of England:

  • Anglian Water
  • South East Water
  • Southern Water
  • Sutton and East Surrey
  • Thames Water
  • Veolia Central
  • Veolia South East

The head of water resources at the Environment Agency is reported as saying that a drought lasting until Christmas looks likely.

Join the Which? Conversation on hosepipe bans - are you sceptical or will you do your bit?

More on this...