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Introduction

Parts of England are facing their worst drought for 30 years, leading several water companies to bring in hosepipe bans and other restrictions.

The current water shortage has been caused by low rainfall over many months, including two successive winters.

This pattern has been particularly prevalent in south-east England which has seen significantly below-average rainfall since the dry spell began in November 2004.

Despite reservoirs being relatively full at the start of the summer, low groundwater levels mean there is still a water shortage in this part of the country.

Graph of England and Wales average rainfall since Jan 2004 against long term average

Graph of percentage variation from long term average of rainfall in the south east and in England and Wales

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