02/05/2012 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


02/05/2012

Weatherman Paul Hudson travels to Lincolnshire to examine how the county's farmers, holidaymakers and wildlife are coping with dwindling water supplies.


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Good evening, welcome to a special programme from Lincolnshire.

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Tonight, drought, of what drought? You cannot have failed to notice

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how wet it has been in the last few weeks. In Lincolnshire, it has

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broken records. Why is the Government refusing to rule out the

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use of sand by the? Of the have another dry winter, that is another

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drought. -- if we have another dry winter. Also tonight, leaking pipes,

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we are being told not to me bar taps running, but to the water

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companies need to clear up their act? And the lack of rain in Spain,

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can other countries teachers how to look after our precious water? --

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As you can see, from a very swollen river here in Lincoln, it has been

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a very wet April, the wettest on record. And yet Lincolnshire is

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still in a serious drought, with water restrictions that could last

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for months. How can it be when we have had so much rainfall, that we

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are so short of water? Yet another wet day in Lincolnshire, and she

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would be forgiven for thinking, why all of the fuss? And very wet April

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has broken records, and in fact, this is not lost on the people of

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Skegness, people in the midst of a water shortage. It is normally one

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of the driest places in the country getting as much rainfall as the

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Costa Brava in Spain, but the last month as felt more like Manchester

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than Barcelona off. Despite the last few weeks, it has been

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exceptionally dry here in Lincolnshire, and in the last two

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years, they were the driest on record going back to 1910, so quite

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notable. Normally, a winter rainfall replenished as the stocks

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and that has not happened in the last two years, and if there is

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another dry winter, it would be a very serious situation indeed. Can

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be blamed for this be laid at the door of climate change? I will have

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a special court cast at the end of the programme. -- a special

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forecast. And despite all the recent rain, water remains a scarce

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resource, and restrictions are in place with the local council lot

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being happy. They would like an exemption from the hosepipe ban as

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they have spent �600,000 on plants in an attempt to make the town at

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its best. But with a hosepipe ban now in place, all of these flowers

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will have to be watered by hand. The local authority says it is not

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just about the fate of these plants that of the local economy. Recent

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rain has meant that the flowers don't need watering, but in the

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summer, the council says doing it by hand would be a drain on

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resources. Fortunately, something else will not get done because of

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the watering. -- unfortunately. We cannot let these plants die.

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issue want Anglian Water to show more flexibility? -- did you want?

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Yes, we had been doing as much as we could to conserve water, and the

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worry for us is that this really important time when the new plans

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are going in, that is when we need to make sure that we can keep

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watering them. East Lindsey council is not alone in seeking relief.

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Some customers say the restrictions are too tough, especially when

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water leakage is such a big problem. The water companies have spent tens

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of millions of pounds on infrastructure and the pipes that

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bring water from boreholes and the rise of four to each home. But

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despite all of this, Anglian Water loses one fifth of its water to

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leaky pipes and the record in Yorkshire is worse with millions of

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gallons of water leaking away every year. This footage was shot in

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Boston before the drought restrictions went in place, but it

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shows the water companies still have a long way to go. Pipes may be

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part of the problem, but they are also part of the solution and deep

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in the Lincolnshire Wolds, something significant is happening.

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This piping is part of a �40 million infrastructure project and

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the aim is to pump water from the North to the drought-stricken South

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of the county. The pipeline will run for more than 40 miles from the

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reservoir to Boston. It is not the only major Anglian Water problem,

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there are also plans for a new reservoir near Lincoln. This is the

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kind a project they will have to do more in the future. It is about

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moving the watered down to where there is less of it down in Boston.

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We know that the town of Boston is growing and will need more water

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now than in the past. This money bet you were spending on the

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pipeline, would it be better to spend it on the leaking pipes?

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have to do both, that is why we are spending �40 million doing this and

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we spent �15 million on leakage last year and we do spend the same

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again next year. We fixed 30,000 leaks every year and it is very

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important and we know it is important for the customers, that

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is why we have an army of 300 people finding and fixing the

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leakage every day. We had a very wet month indeed, you can see how

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wet it is, surely this is having an impact on the drought? It has had a

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marginal effect, but we're coming off the back of two dry winters,

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the driest 18 months in many centuries, and it will take more

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than a few wet weeks to get us back to where we want to be. Anglian

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Water's customers are not the only ones feeling the pressure. There is

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the national reserve here, which this network of sand-dunes being

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back home of one of the barest animals and Britain. -- be the home.

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The star attraction is the natterjack toad. Its mating calls

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can be heard for miles away, bringing a slice of the tropics to

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Lincolnshire, but it is vulnerable to drought. They like the Open s

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and the shallowness of the water and they have got a shallow shelf

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in front of it. -- they like the open conditions. They enjoy the

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warm water to breed in out andon in there. They can come out and they

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needed to survive. If it is not just the Tote having a tough time,

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elsewhere on the coast, the breeding birds are vulnerable. --

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the told. These birds that breed on the small islands are at risk of

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having their chicks eaten by predators that no longer have water

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as a deterrent. Despite all of the recent rain, the domestic hosepipe

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ban in Lincolnshire continues, so how has industry been affected?

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Much of this land was turned over to the production of potatoes.

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every plate of chips that we consume, there is a heavy price to

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play in water consumption. -- price to pay. Cleaning gum of for the

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supermarket shelf uses a lot of water and the Branston potato

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plants be a Lincoln is currently recycling 80 % of the water that it

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users to make them acceptable for consumers. -- the plants near

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Lincoln. More than half a million tons of potatoes are grown in this

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part of the world, but each 2.5 kilogram bag of potatoes is the

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product of will be been's with the water. Farmers are stockpiling

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water. Now experts from Cranfield University have been working out

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the footprint water footprint of the data production. They are

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helping out with less water in the future, but if the drought

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continues, this landscape could see some major changes. After two dry

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winter would be in a very bad position this time next year. -- a

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third the dry winter. Farmers would have much more pressure on domestic

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water supply. There would be water restrictions early on and we would

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need to think very carefully about viability of growing this kind of

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crop in this part of the country. We might have to move to other

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parts of the country that are wetter and have more reliable

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rainfall. Another pipeline section goes into place. It will not be

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operational until next year, so it is certainly not an instant

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solution to the current drought. In the short term, we will all have to

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learn to use less water, while Coming up: Will there be more rain

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fall in the coming weeks? Or will this dry weather return? I will

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have a special extended weather forecast for Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire later in the programme. And we had to sell their new rubra

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they know a thing or two about the drought. -- and Beagle 2 so there

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you rub Rev they know a little bit. What more can we learn from Europe

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about the drought? In the UK, where much more used to

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complaining about the rain and there has been a lot of it in the

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last few weeks. In Lincolnshire, we are still definitely in a drought.

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My whether colleague has taken a trip around the country to find out

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what on earth is happening to the weather. -- my weather Centre

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The Lake District is England's wettest place, and looking below,

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there were a drought is the last thing that comes to mind. There is

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rich land and the reservoirs with lots of water. But with all of this

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century it has an stop raining for the last few weeks, how come there

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is so much drought in England? -- it has not stopped raining. The Met

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Office is looking at this change in the climate and the first place

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they are looking at is the jet stream that carries the wet weather

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across the Atlantic. It has displaced further north and by the

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time the weather front pushes further south and east into parts

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of England, there is higher pressure, so they are not doing the

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job we want them to do which is to add a decent amount of rain on top

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of the water levels. At this time of year, we are competing with

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nature for water and everything has embarked on the spring growth. You

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do not get the green and pleasant land without it. But when

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everything is turning green around us and you see the river is filling

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up, what you do not see in some places in the country is even more

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important, and that is underground. And it is the water underground,

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not the rise of fours that supplies 75 % of the population of England.

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-- the wiser fors that supplies. I am visiting the National Geological

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Survey in Nottingham where they are constantly monitoring the level of

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groundwater in England and using information from thousands of four

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holes they have created an underground map of Britain.

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areas in green here, running a peerage and Lincolnshire carpenter

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Yorkshire, and in the south of Britain around the south-east, it

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is an important aquifer. -- running around Lincolnshire and up into

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Yorkshire. I ground water levels have remained normal in the north-

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west but as you move to the south- east, they drop by one third.

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the last couple of years, only four months have been significantly

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wetter than normal, including the April just gone which has delivered

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record rain. To really find out how low the ground water stocks are,

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last week I joined Andy Mackenzie This is the south Down's. Below me

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is the most important source of ground water, the chalk aquifer.

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Today, we'll find out how far we have to go down to find that water.

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The chalk aquifer is effectively a giant pressureised sponge full of

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water which the Victorians tapped with wells like this one. The water

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would normally be about 20 metres below ground level. This is the

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exciting bit. How far down are we? Any sign of that water? It is

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looking promising. I can see a reflection towards the bottom of

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the we will. We are only at about 30 metres below where with we

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started. We passed the point where we'd normally find the water and

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the camera keeps descending. interesting thing is you're seeing

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dry walls. If there was any recharge happening you'd see

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moisture. The walls would be glistening slightly and they are

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not. They are completely dry. even though it has been pouring

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with rain, that rain down here has not made a jot of difference yet?

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No, it hasn't. It would take weeks, probably months for the water to

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infiltrate. But it won't. It will be taken up by the plants. We're

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coming up to 34.4 feet. This is if? That's the surface of the water.

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How does it compare? We've 180 years of record. This is the fifth

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or sixth driest we've seen it in April. That's pretty low? That's

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pretty low. One dry winter in 1976 was followed

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by a very hot summer. Now we are saying, save water, we are going to

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need it. People were forced to queue in the streets to get water

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from standpipes. This drought is different. It is not hot and sunny.

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It has been pouring down with rain. Yet, we are being told we could be

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in drought until Christmas. No- one's saying all this rain we've

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been having is isn't making a difference. Of course it is. We've

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had one of our wettest aeps, the there's even about flooding. But

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many of us get our waters from the aquifers.

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What the Victorians started with wells was soon exploited on a much

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bigger scale. This is an aquifer operated by South East Water

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supplying 2.1 million customers from pumping stations like this one.

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Down there, that's the precious water. Just how low are the

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aquifers? We are in a very serious situation. Our underground aquifers

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are very, very low. We see the reservoirs and rivers, flying in

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high levels with the recent rainfall and think everything's OK.

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It is not the case. We are seeing all-time low levels. We have pumps

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lowered down to levels they've never been to before. All-time lows.

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So that means it is each worse than 1976? It is worse than 1976. It is

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far more widespread across the various regions. Our greatest fear

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is we have a third dry winter. The level of recharge in our ground

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water is a third lower than it should be after two dry winters in

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a row. We've come a long way from the Lake District. It seems we are

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even further from that soaking rain that's been falling above ground.

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But down here, it is winter rain that matters. And if we don't get

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enough next winter, then we are all So what options do we have if

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there's a third dry winter? Do the Government and water companies have

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a plan? David Whitely's been to a country used to life with little

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rain to find out how they cope with This church has stood here in this

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valley in northern Spain for more than 500 years. The thing is, I

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shouldn't even be here because this is a bottom of a reservoir. And

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that spire is usually submerged under thousands of tons of water.

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And the reason it's so dry is Spain is going through its worst drought

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for 70 years. Reservoirs are drying up and forest fires have been

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raging in other parts of the country. Look at the water line in

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this reservoir. It should be that high and look how low it is. Just

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below those trees is where the water should be. Incredible. So,

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can Spain give us a glimpse into an uncomfortable future? Four years

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ago, the situation got so bad the taps in Barcelona almost ran dry

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and the city was forced to ship in supplies from France. It is three-

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and-a-half million residents, like this family, have had to completely

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change their attitude towards water. I find it incredible something as

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simple as water had to be transported into Barcelona in

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tankers. What was that like? It is a first as far as I know. Luckily

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it never had to be carried through on a massive scale or for a very

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long time. But, before that, there really was a sensation it would not

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be easy. If the drought continued for much longer people would have

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to have water rations and it would be complicated. How have you

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adapted your lifestyle in the current climate? I think we took

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consciousness of how precious water is when we had that drought and we

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were about to have emergency measures. The children talk about

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it a lot in school. At first, they had an easier time adapting to

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turning the tap off all the time and would come and be the water

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police. Through simple measures such as turning off taps, having

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tiepltd showers and teaching water conservation in its schools,

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Barcelona is well on its way to becoming one of the world's leading

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cities in saving water. In. People here use just 107 litres a day

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compared to 150 litres a day in the UK. Across the city, they've also

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tried using water from showers to flush toilets as well as recycling

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the water in Barcelona's famous fount ace. This isn't the first and

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will not be the last time Barcelona faced drought. That experience four

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years ago forced everyone to change the way they think about water at

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every level. And this place was the answer. They

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built this massive desalination plant. It is the largest in Europe.

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By taking sea water from the Mediterranean, the plant can

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produce 180 million litres of fresh water every day. But, that's still

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only a fifth of the city's needs. So, it's used as a stop gap when

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the reservoirs are low. TRANSLATION: The system is much

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more secure because of this plant. But this is not total security. The

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plant allows us time to funk between rainy periods. If there is

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a drought, the plant can produce more. After building Europe's first

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desalination plant 40 years ago, Spain is now a world 450er in the

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technology. But it is not a perfect solution. The water produced here

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is very expensive. And the Barcelona plant uses enough energy

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to pow ear small town. -- power a small town.

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This is where we use most of our energy, for generating electricity

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in our power stations. Most of the rest, around 40% is used in our

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homes and gardens. But the trouble is, we use too much. More than many

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other developed countries. As head of water resources as Environment

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Agency, it is Trevor Bishop's job to try and find a solution. Is

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turning salt water into fresh water the answer? We've one big

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desalination plant near London. That will be really important for

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safeguarding water supplies for London. The likelihood of seeing

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more desalination plants is quite high but you don't want to rely on

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desalination. It is expensive and produces a lot of carbons. So not

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good for the environment. We are at a lovely set of locks. Can water

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companies transfer water to drier parts of the country?

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Victorians started transferring water around. It underpins much of

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the way we manage water resources. Manchester is supplied by water

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from the Lake District largely. Moving water around, greater

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connectivity within the country and networks will be part of the answer

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but not the whole answer. Are we talking about a National Grid of

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water? As far as electricity's concerned, if somewhere's

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generating electricity you don't get blackouts in other parts of the

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country. Why have restrictions in one part of the country and not

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another? We are not talking about it in the same way as we use

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electricity and gas. If you build a big main of water from the north to

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the south of England, you can have droughts in the north of England.

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You don't want to rely on dragging water around the country

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exclusively. What will happen if we have a third dry winter?

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Difficult to say. But we would be in a very bad place. We've never

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worked out the consequences of three dry winters in a row. We've

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never had three in a row. If you you'd be expecting measures to try

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and conserve water that would be quite dramatic. Standpipes in the

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streets. People's water supply would be cut off. They'd have to

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take buckets to those standpipes. We don't know the numbers of people

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involved but it could be tens of thousands easily. As far as I'm

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aware, there is no strategic national plan to deal with three

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dry winters in the a row. I'd like to be proven wrong. I don't know of

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a plan. I think our plan is based on hope that it rains. So, is there

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a strategy or not? Caroline Spellman is the Environment

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Secretary. We have contingency plan. Drought is a natural phenomenon. It

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can occur any time. We've seen this coming and have been planning for

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it. What we are putting in place now are the measures to dole with

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that. Things like the temporary restrictions on non-owe sepbgs uses

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of water in a domestic setting is something we plan to do in order to

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conserve water and make sure we don't have to move to more

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stringent restrictions later. 3.3 billion litres of water, a

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quarter of our water is lost every day. Should the targets be more

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stringent. Germany only lose 10% of their water. It is the economic

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regulator which sets these targets which it believes are a challenge

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for the industry to meet. Water companies are being pushed to

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connect up supplies across the country. Caroline Spellman says we

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need to think differently about the water we use. When you go to a dry

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country and explain in a country like ours we use drinking water for

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everything, we wash our clothes in drinking water, wash 7 with it,

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flush the loo, they are surprised by that. Can you guarantee if we

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get a third dry winter we don't -- won't have water rationing. Spanned

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pipes in the streets? It is far too early to tell yet whether we'll

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have the wet winter we do need. Whereas it is most unlikely we'd

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have standpipes this year, if we have another dry winter, that

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becomes more likely. Begin the recent heavy rain and

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floods in the UK, talk of standpipes may sound extraordinary.

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But as they've discovered here in Spain, the world is changing.

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Climate change and an expending population means demand for water

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is set to increase. Even if the rains do come this winter, pretty

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soon we'll all have to think of drinking water as the scars and

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precious natural resource it really Crucially, what's the weather

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forecast for the next week or so? There's been some lovely sunshine

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in Lincolnshire today. A welcome relief compared with, as we've

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heard in the programme, what's been a record-breaking April. At

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Cranwell in South Lincolnshire, they smashed their rainfall record.

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The data there goes back to the First World War. In Sheffield, it

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has been wettest April for at least 130 years. But, of course, the main

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point which needs stressing is all this rainfall comes off the back of

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what's been the driest 18 month-two year period since records began in

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1910. That's been the cause of the current drought in Lincolnshire and

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across southern and eastern parts of the country. One of the common

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questions I keep getting asked is can the plaim for this be layed at

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the door of climate change? Well, on closer inspection of climate

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projections, they suggest winters will become milder and wetter and

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summers become drier and hotter, which is, in fact, the exact

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opposite of what we've had. It is the dry winters which have caused

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this drought. So, is climate change to blame? I suspect it is highly

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unlikely. Anyway, let's have a look unlikely. Anyway, let's have a look

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at the early part of May. It looks quite unsettled. On

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Friday's chart, a cold front pushing down from the north. Behind

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it, a little ridge of high pressure suggests things will become drier

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and a bit more settled. Let's look at the forecast, Thursday, tomorrow,

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there is a risk of so far rain in more southern parts of our region.

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Perhaps further north it is mostly dry. Some rain for all of us for a

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time on Friday. The weekend looking a little better. One or two showers

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around but also some sunshine and, I think, for most a fair amount of

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dry weather at the weekend. On Monday, a risk of some rain pushing

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up from the south-west. What about after Monday for the rest of next

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week? There's a lot of uncertain ity. It looks as though, after an

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With much of the country in drought restrictions, BBC weatherman Paul Hudson heads to Lincolnshire to see how the county's farmers, holidaymakers and wildlife are coping with dwindling water supplies.


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