High and dry

Aerial view of the old bridge revealed by the low water level of Baitings Reservoir, above Ripponden, West Yorkshire, UK. Image: Shutterstock

We enter March with news of the driest February* in the UK since 1993, according to the Met Office.

The south of England, where Bell Publishing’s office is based, only experienced six per cent (3.88) of its average February rainfall from the first to the 20th day of the month. A total of 14 counties in central and southern England had also recorded less than 2mm of rainfall from 1 – 20 February.

Sam Larsen, director of programmes and planning at Water UK, said: “Water levels in the environment began to pick up following last summer’s drought conditions, but low rainfall this month means a majority of UK rivers are below normal levels for this time of year, meaning there is less water available for nature, agricultural abstraction, and public water supply.

“It remains to be seen whether rainfall levels will pick up before summer. This, along with the lasting impacts of climate change and population growth, means it’s absolutely vital that we all continue to save water and help safeguard against potential future drought conditions. For hints and tips on how to save water, money and energy, visit www.watersworthsaving.org.uk.”

There are still difficult months ahead, so it’s crucial for those in the can making industry to be considering not only energy-saving equipment, but equipment that helps conserve water – particularly where washers are concerned.

*from 1-20 February 2023

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