The Environment Agency has said the chance of hosepipe bans in 2013 was “extremely low”, even in drought “stress” areas.
Trevor Bishop, head of water resources at the Agency, said:
“We would certainly be worse than 1976. There would have been widespread environmental impact, a lot of iconic chalk streams would have run dry and we would have had to move fish to preserve them.”
The incredible amount of rain in 2012 means that the South East — the region most at risk from drought — has enough water to get through two “dry” winters, according to the Agency.
A spokesperson from Thames Water warned:
“In theory we are never more than 18 months of very dry weather away from a drought. The topsy-turvy British weather is, above all, unpredictable”