Sustained rain needed to improve water levels

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THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has confirmed the Midlands is officially in drought.

Rutland and Lincolnshire have been in drought since June 2011 but the decision to declare the rest of the region in drought was taken after the driest year on record in 2011 and a second winter of below-average rainfall. It said it will take months of sustained rainfall to improve water levels.

Anglian Water has already imposed a hosepipe ban, which affects people in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, as well as Tixover, Ketton, Tinwell, Tickencote, Pickworth and Clipsham.

Severn Trent Water, which supplies customers in the rest of Rutland, is not anticipating a ban.