There must be a ban on snakes now, says the environment minister

Written by Javed Iqbal

Christine Colvin, from the Rivers Trust, said: “We felt these bans came quite late. Given that we experienced an incredibly dry July after a year of low rainfall, I believe many of these emergency measures should have been announced in mid-July and implemented in the latter half of July instead of leaving it in mid-July.August.

“That’s a whole month’s worth of use at the hottest time of the year, when we could actually have saved on the supply side.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has warned a lot of England is headed for drought if the dry weather continues. Very warm weather is expected again for southern England next week, with temperatures in the mid-30s.

July was the driest ever for the south-east of England and East Anglia, where only 10 per cent of the average rain falls in the south-east.

In Cornwall, 40 firefighters tackled a grass fire near Truro on Saturday, while the River Wensum in Norfolk stopped flowing through a historic watermill for the first time in a century.

On Friday, Scotland moved to a “red alert” too dryprompting the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to implement its first ever water bans, restricting use to industrial users including distilleries and golf courses.

Addressing the need for action from water companies to close leakssaid Mr Eustice: “The onus must be on companies to do more to reduce leakage, based on progress in recent years.

“We expect water companies to step up, adapt, innovate better in their approaches to reducing demand and better support customers with measures to reduce water use. If we don’t see the changes we and the public rightly expect, I will not hesitate to step in and take further steps.”

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