By Daniel Hunter

You would hardly think it, given the weather of the last few weeks, and the fact we are not exactly bathed in sunshine, but parts of the UK are officially in drought.

As it is, much of east and southern England is in an official drought state. In parts of south-east England groundwater levels are lower than in the infamously dry summer of 1976.

Speaking after the water summit today (Monday) held at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said we must already think about saving water.

“Ensuring we have enough water this summer is vitally important, and that is why I called the summit today," she said.

“Drought is already an issue this year with the South East, Anglia and other parts of the UK now officially in drought, and more areas are likely to be affected as we continue to experience a prolonged period of very low rainfall.

“It is not just the responsibility of Government, water companies and businesses to act against drought. We are asking for the help of everyone by urging them to use less water and to start now.”

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