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And now the weather

David Kermode | 09:29 UK time, Tuesday, 23 May 2006

It's raining, it's pouring... This weather is boring me to tears...

Breakfast logoSo what better week to choose to highlight the water shortages affecting parts of the UK? Well, OK. If I'm honest, we'd be in the grips of an early summer heatwave, rather than a Donna Summer retrorave.

And BBC Breakfast's rushed-to-air reactive Water Week might look more timely too.

But the fact remains that water levels are at record lows in parts of the UK. And hundreds of of thousands of people are already subject to water restrictions even though it's only May. We know our viewers care about it because when we made reference to the hosepipe bans in force around the South East, we had a huge response.

Many people were concerned about the water companies wasting water. Something we have already put to Thames Water in an interview last Friday. But many more seemed determined to do something in that "Dunkerque" kind of way.

So, why not ask them for their ideas? They've already started flooding in, if you'll excuse the pun. And we shall be highlighting some of the best ones this week on Breakfast.

We've even asked the legendary inventor Trevor Bayliss, of wind up radio fame, to invent a way of getting bath water into the garden (Bill Turnbull's idea).

So, why my obession with parts of the UK? Well, we've also had a steady trickle of viewer e-mails from northern England and Scotland asking us why we're obsessing about water shortages when the problem isn’t nearly so bad there.

A pertinent question. But surely, saving on water consumption is good for everyone isn't it? You don't have to be in the grip of a drought to want to cut your water use a bit.

As for the rest of our Water Week, the forecast is for more wet weather. In fact, apparently it's going to be wet until our special week ends. I don't think I can take it, 'cause it took so long to bake it, and I'll never have that recipe again.. Again…(to fade)


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  • At 01:31 PM on 23 May 2006,
  • Pippa wrote:

Great idea about Bayliss and the bathwater!

Here's a question though - you've got your shiny new blue sky and clouds on your set, but why not take a leaf out of Weather's book and have rainy skies when it's rainy?

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