UK drought news – archive

News items added on 23/07/2018

Northern Ireland water restrictions

The first water restrictions for 20 years have come into effect in Northern Ireland.

News items added on 23/07/2018

Heatwave on the way

The Met Office warn of a UK heatwave in June and provide advice on how manage in the heat.

News items added on 23/07/2018

Households evacuated due to fires on Saddleworth Moor

A large fire on Saddleworth Moor, spreading rapidly due to prolonged dry hot period, has led to local households having to be temporarily evacuated.

News items added on 23/07/2018

June ‘heatwave’: UK experiences temperatures above 30C

Much of the UK is experiencing an extended period of hot dry weather.

News items added on 28/06/2018

Thaw leaves thousands without water in parts of UK

Burst water mains and leaks leave parts of Wales and south-east England temporarily without water.

News items added on 28/06/2018

Water levels at Bewl Water recover

Water levels at Bewl Water recover to 75% capacity following recent winter rainfall.

News items added on 22/11/2017

Southern Water seeks drought permit to top up Bewl Water

Southern Water has applied for a “precautionary” drought permit to pump water into the Bewl Water reservoir.

News items added on 22/11/2017

Bewl drought permit FAQs

Southern Water provides detailed information about the Bewl Water drought permit.

News items added on 22/11/2017

Water companies are monitoring unseasonably low reservoir levels in some parts of southern England

News items added on 18/10/2017

Hydrological Outlook for the UK – conditions broadly normal, although groundwater levels in the south east below average for time of year