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We're Probably Not In A Drought Any More!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on June 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (3)

Thames Water has said it could lift its hosepipe ban sooner than expected after wet weather cut the risk of drought. The company, which serves 8.8 million customers in London and the Thames Valley area, said it no longer expected to keep the ban through to the autumn.

Seven water firms across southern and eastern England brought in restrictions in April after two dry winters. But the bans were inevitably followed by record rainfall across the UK in April and more in May. The latest drought briefing from the Environment Agency said the wet weather had significantly reduced the risk of drought and widespread water restrictions this summer. River levels and reservoir stocks have improved significantly and further water restrictions for the public and businesses are unlikely.

In addition, groundwater levels are still well below normal in some areas and are unlikely to improve before the winter. Some areas need as much as 140% of long-term average rainfall this winter to fully recover. Companies which take most of their water from underground are likely to have to keep bans in place for longer as groundwater levels remain low. South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast have confirmed their hosepipe bans remain in place.

From the BBC.

Drought IS still an issue! ~Thames 21

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (1)



April showers – why drought is still an issue despite recent rain

Few people would have missed the irony of the recent heavy rain and localised flooding which have followed one of warmest March’s on record and severe drought warnings.

It is difficult when slushing through puddles and sheltering under umbrellas to keep these dry conditions front of mind, but recent rain would need to continue for months for our ground water levels to truly replenish. The rain has been good news for our dwindling rivers and their inhabitants, but we need to continue to be mindful of our water-use and our impact on the natural water cycle.

London’s many overflowing drains and waterway roads highlight our mismanagement of water. Most of this water, locked out of the ground by hard surfacing will be forced into storm water drains to meet the sewage system, and in many cases, our rivers. The more freshwater we capture, make use of and recycle, the less pressure there will be on the rivers and streams that feed our taps. As our population continues to grow and demand for water increases, we all need to take responsibility for the way we use water and dispose of wastewater.

River Pool restoration has social and environmental benefit

The River Pool has undergone quite a transformation under the weekly attentions of a core group of volunteers and South East London coordinator Vic Richardson. Regular volunteers have worked to enhance the river’s ecology by installing flow deflectors, planting native reeds and stabilising banks. They have also worked to remove the invasive Japanese Knotweed and manage trees and vegetation to allow more light to the river.

The project has not only benefited the local environment, but has attracted those looking for new skills and work experience. Out of work landscape architect Marion Frandsen has been a regular member of the team, she said: “I really enjoy practical outdoor work and it’s been a good chance to get some more practical, on the ground experience. I feel like I’m making a contribution to something and it’s also a really nice friendly environment.”

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Posted by Alan on April 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (5)

Why is the hosepipe ban  still in place? If I wash my dirty car tomorrow I could be ultimately fined! Thames Water wont relent- it's ridiculous.

How is your garden coping with the deluge? Im on thick clay and Ive given thanks numerous times for having added a buk bag of sharp sand and another of rotted manure last year. Otherwise Id be swimming in water- wearing flippers rather than wellies. 

My neighbour built a sunken patio a few years ago, and that's what it is now- sunken! The drainage couldnt cope and its under water! Their attempts to pump out te water proved fruitless, the clay means the ground is absolutley sodden. The water came back  within hours. 

The slugs obviously dont like it either; emerging hostas and seedings (under cloches) havent been touched- yet.


Posted by Nick on April 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (3)

Hearing about the cool clear nights and areas of low pressure heading towards us this week,  I thought we could put up any cold weather warnings until the dangers of  frost have passed by at the end of May. 

So  protect your plants tonight!