Water warning after dry times

CONSUMERS have been warned to use water supplies wisely after the UK enjoyed its driest first six months of a year since 1929.

As June ends with below average rainfall, official figures released yesterday show that January to June had average rainfall of 356.8mm, making this period the second driest for 100 years - 1929 recorded 275.7mm of rain.

Barrie Clarke, communications director at Water UK, the water industry representative body, said: "These figures paint a graphic picture of why reservoir levels in the west are so low by comparison with normal years. During such a dry spell it makes sense to use water wisely wherever you live."