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article imageHosepipe ban stays as rains arrive in drought-hit south England Special

By Kev Hedges     Apr 18, 2012 in Environment
The hosepipe ban that was introduced in certain regions of the UK on April 5 remains in force despite heavy rains finally arriving to all parts of the drought-affected area.
It was only yesterday when the Environment Agency warned that the drought may well last until Christmas. The agency added another 17 counties, including Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the list of dry counties now officially in drought. Environmental experts have said that exceptionally dry weather over the last four months had left certain rivers virtually dried up.
The problem with Tuesday and Wednesday's storms that arrived all over the UK, is that they are not producing enough rain to fill up those rivers and reservoirs so badly affected by bone dry weather conditions that have lasted more than four months in some parts of the south east region.
Some welcoming news was that the public water supplies would not be affected by the continuing drought. There was a stark warning however that the drought may last well into 2013, according to reports in the Lancashire Evening Post.
The arrival of the rain was welcomed by many but as usual there were those who whined when on Wednesday afternoon, just as the parents of school children went out on the school run were greeted with thunder and some lightning together with some very black skies.In nearby Essex water usage has dropped sharply since the implementation of the ban, reports The Daily Gazette.
Rain finally arrives in Hertfordshire and throughout the south east.
Rain finally arrives in Hertfordshire and throughout the south east.
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The local duck pond receives some welcoming rain
The local duck pond receives some welcoming rain
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Newly planted vegetation gets a nice natural watering. These plants have been hosepipe fed water for...
Newly planted vegetation gets a nice natural watering. These plants have been hosepipe fed water for several months. Now with the ban in place they must rely on the rain.
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Water off a duck s back? A duck walks around in the rain.
Water off a duck's back? A duck walks around in the rain.
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Black skies above the church
Black skies above the church
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Pavements (sidewalks) began to quickly form puddles as the rains charged down for the first time in ...
Pavements (sidewalks) began to quickly form puddles as the rains charged down for the first time in four months.
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