The UK has a temperate climate which is prone to be unpredictable
. On the whole though the UK has plenty of rain. Or at least it used to have. In this blogger's lifetime a handful of long hot and dry Summers come to mind. Hosepipe bans are not unheard of. However it is still only March 2012.IN 2011 we were warned that we were in for a drought and that hosepipe ban were imminent. Then the heavens opened and rain became the order of the day. This has become the norm and a standing joke.
Say the UK is experiencing a drought, slap a hosepipe ban on some regions and wait for the rain to prove you wrong.This year though it could be a little different. There are always some areas of the UK that are traditionally less wet than others. On the whole 21st Century UK Winters have much less snow.
Of course that was not true of the winter of 2010/2011. This time however it seems that the UK is in for a period of drought.Each year
the water reserves in the UK fail to recover. This means that it was inevitable that we would experience a drought.Two things however spring to mind. Firstly our management of water reserves and secondly our use of this precious source.
- The UK Water Board was deregulated some years ago by a Tory Government. It was a time when deregulation was the order of the day. It was a time when there was money to be made out of such changes. The UK ended up with many regional water companies. What you pay for your water has, since deregulation, depended on your supplier. Similarly some companies have invested more in research, improvements and maintenance than others.
- In recent years the UK population has snowballed. Add to this our modern lifestyles and as they say "Houston we have a problem". Dishwashers, power washers, automatic washing machines, showers and baths more than once a day have all increased our consumption of water. Whilst such bathing practices and labour saving devices are good they mean that there is not enough water to go around.
In general people in the UK waste water. Those who now have water meters, rather than a set water bill, will conserve water more. On the whole though we never give our water supply a second thought. That is until we are told that a drought is imminent.There are many ways that you can save water. Some are little changes. Read more here:
The BBC has reported that "Seven firms say they will impose water restrictions after two unusually dry winters left reservoirs, aquifers and rivers below normal levels. Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East are to enforce restrictions. Five of the companies said they will impose bans from 5 April." It is believed though that this is just the start. Other companies are expected to follow suit.The UK is a relatively small set of islands surrounded by water. Malta, for example, operates de-salination plants utilising the surrounding sea water.It may be worth mentioning here that people's yearly water bills steadily increase each year. If the service is hindered there will be no reductions but perhaps there should be.?The best advice for now though is get "water savvy". Read hints and tips on conserving water. Little changes such as turning the tap off whilst you clean your teeth, can save much more water than you may imagine.Water is essential for life. Look after what we have.
It is uo to US now to make the difference.