SOUTH Yorkshire was officially declared a drought area this week, although no restrictions are being envisaged at this stage on public water supplies.
After months of below-average rainfall, parts of the River Don and the River Rother are running low, and the Environment Agency is appealing to businesses and farmers who take water from rivers “to look for ways to share and make the best use of a limited water resource”.
The whole of South and East Yorkshire is now in drought.
Ben Hughes, the Environment Agency’s drought manager for Yorkshire, said: “The dry spell is forecast to continue over the next few months. We’ve been working with Yorkshire Water and it is not anticipated there will be an impact on public water supplies at this stage.
“However, we expect to see lower river levels, and some small springs and streams drying up, which will affect people who use those waterways, as well as fish and other wildlife.”
He added: “Our job is to balance the needs of people, the environment, agriculture and industry so that there is enough water to go round. Everyone has a part to play in making sure that we use water efficiently and even small changes can make a big difference to the overall picture.”