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17 December 2012, Environment Agency publishes its drought review and water resources prospects for 2013

The Environment Agency has just published its review of the 2010-2012 drought and prospects for water resources in 2013. The reports key findings are that:

- water resources are generally very healthy
- groundwater levels in some of the sandstone aquifers in the Midlands are still exceptionally low. These aquifers are always slow to respond to rain and may not fully recover for 12-18 months
- in April 2012 people in parts of England faced the possibility of the most severe drought since the summer of 1976
- six months of record rainfall from April to September brought the drought to a rapid conclusion and led to considerable localised flooding
- all sectors can improve their plans to manage the consequences of a severe drought. This drought has shown all interested groups the benefits of working together
- it is important that everyone continues to use water wisely

You can read the full report by clicking here: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/library/publications/131328.aspx