Drought status ended in 19 areas
PARTS of England are no longer in drought following the wettest April on record and continuing rain this month, the Environment Agency has said. Drought status has been lifted for 19 areas in the South West, the Midlands andyorkshire after heavy, persistent rain boosted river and reservoir levels, reducing pressure on the environment and water supplies. Water companies in those areas are unlikely to impose hosepipe bans on customers this summer, the Environment Agency said. Groundwater levels are still low across the country, and parts of East Anglia and the South East remain in drought with hosepipe bans in place.