Drought in England is official...what is the solution to this natural phenomenon?

  Aitchbee 17:44 PM 20 Feb 12

The lack of rain has meant reservoirs are at their lowest levels for 35 years.

Can 'the North' help 'the South' ?

  Al94 17:46 PM 20 Feb 12

Scotland can sell water to England after independence!

  badgery 17:50 PM 20 Feb 12

"Can 'the North' help 'the South' ?"

Of course; Scottish water is excellent and plentiful, and I'm sure they would only charge England as much as they could get out of them!!!

  Quickbeam 18:19 PM 20 Feb 12

We'd best get those Scottish Lochs drained before independence, then they'll be as worthless as their oil wells. And it's cheaper to move it south, you only have to open the valve...

  Aitchbee 18:28 PM 20 Feb 12

North England and Wales are closer...and wet!

  Quickbeam 18:40 PM 20 Feb 12

The Scots can use seawater for making porridge with, it'll taste just the same as sprinkling it on;)

  csqwared 19:47 PM 20 Feb 12

Don't see why not. Yorkshire Water have spent an awful lot of money in the past few years installing pipework to shift water from plentiful areas to the needy. Consequently, despite the lack of rain, our reservoirs are full. Providing the supplied water companies pay a reasonable fee to the supplying company, surely a kind of national grid is quite feasible

  OTT_B 19:48 PM 20 Feb 12

It's an interesting idea to transport water across the country full reservoirs and reserves to drought areas. Sadly, it's not possible to do.

Water, even transported a few miles out if its area can be poisonous to the area that it is being moved to - it can kill off the plant life, animals and bacteria that are in the existing water.

  Woolwell 20:09 PM 20 Feb 12


Water can be poisonous - Do you have anything to back that up? There are aqueducts around the world to supply water some hundreds of miles long. In this country in the time of Drake in the south west there were water leats over 20 miles long bringing fresh water off Dartmoor. I'm fairly sure that canals were used to transport water.

Currently in the south west water area there isn't a water shortage or drought. The main reservoirs are at comparable levels to last year but are lower than in 1995.

When referring to drought and water levels in England you have to be careful not to confuse the south east of England with the rest of England.

  morddwyd 20:17 PM 20 Feb 12

What is the solution"?

A national water grid similar to the electricity and gas grids.

Just requires the political will.

The other alternative is desalination plants, also requiring political will.

This is the British political system making a drama out of a crisis as usual.

Other parts of the world get far less rainfall than we do, and use far more water.

  Brumas 23:08 PM 20 Feb 12


I watched a very interesting program about the water problem in China, they are in the process of shifting water from the south to the drier north at considerable expense.

http://www.water-technology.net/projects/south_north/ I wouldn't have thought they would have undertaken this if the water , once it reached it's final destination, was poisonous and therefore useless?


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