From March 2020 to May 2020 East Anglia saw the fourth driest period since records began in 1892.


Now after the long dry spell Cambridge is moving towards an official drought.


The Environment Agency today announced that there had been a period of “Prolonged Dry Weather (developing drought)” in the Cam & Ely Ouse river catchment


This means that Water Companies are put on alert and farmers and businesses who abstract water may be asked to reduce their usage.


Daniel Zeichner MP said: “Our part of the world is one of the driest in Britain, but this year has seen some particularly extreme weather. It is clear there is a climate emergency and we need national and international action to tackle this. But locally we can do our bit too with careful and efficient use of water. I welcome the move by the Environment Agency as last summer, one of the three tributary chalk streams to the River Cam dried up completely and I do not want to see that happen again. Our precious and unique freshwater ecosystems are currently at severe risk, and we risk losing important biodiversity.”

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