02/05/2012

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Duration: 30 minutes

With the Midlands officially in drought, Inside Out asks how did we get here, and if the rain doesn't come, what can we expect in the future?

  • Feature: Drought: Dry winter could mean standpipes next year

    Feature: Drought: Dry winter could mean standpipes next year

    As much of England remains in drought the possibility of standpipes in the street will become "more likely" if there is another dry winter.

    Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman told BBC Inside Out that the UK will have to look at other ways to supply water if shortages continue.

    Despite the recent wet weather groundwater levels remain low.

    Read a feature from the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Drought: Dry winter could mean standpipes next year
  • Video: Drought fears continue in England despite recent rain

    Video: Drought fears continue in England despite recent rain

    With the threat of another dry winter devastating England's water supplies, Inside Out investigates the looming water crisis.

    Meteorologist Nick Miller looks at the wettest and driest parts of Britain as drought fears continue across England despite heavy rain in April 2012.

    He also explains how the drought came about.

    Watch a video feature from BBC Inside Out on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Drought fears continue in England despite recent rain
  • Video: Caroline Spelman defends government plans for drought

    Video: Caroline Spelman defends government plans for drought

    Despite the arrival of wet weather in April, experts are still warning England faces a crisis in its water supply.

    They believe major problems could unfold if the country experiences a 'third dry winter'.

    Adrian McDonald, professor of environmental management at University of Leeds, gives his views on what might happen if England continues to experience drought.

    He told BBC Inside Out that he is unaware of a coherent strategic national plan to deal with three dry winters in a row.

    However, Secretary of State for Environment, Caroline Spelman, defended the government and said it does have a contingency plan.

    Watch a video feature from Inside Out on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Caroline Spelman defends government plans for drought
  • Feature: Drought and flood responses need to change, farmer says

    Feature: Drought and flood responses need to change, farmer says

    A Worcestershire farmer says the country needs to become more responsive and more sophisticated in dealing with changing weather conditions.

    Stephen Watkins farms about 1,000 acres of arable land at Severn Stoke, near Upton upon Severn.

    For four miles his farm runs alongside the River Severn, while the River Avon also runs through his land.

    But, rather than being the lifeblood of his farm, he said the rivers were a constant danger to his crops.

    Read the full story on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Drought and flood responses need to change, farmer says
  • Feature: Who, What, Why: How much rain is needed to ease the drought?

    Feature: Who, What, Why: How much rain is needed to ease the drought?

    It has been the wettest April in the UK since records began in 1910, with flood alerts and warnings in place across England and Wales. Why then are parts of the country still officially in drought and why is the hosepipe ban set to remain?

    People have long spoken of April showers, but the likes of last month's heavy rain and storms haven't been seen in more than 100 years. The heavens opened just as hosepipe bans were introduced and a number of regions were officially declared to be in drought.

    While the long, persistent rainfall has provided relief for farmers, gardeners and wildlife in drought areas, experts say it will take more than one wet month to make up for many dry ones.

    Read the full feature on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News Magazine: Who, What, Why: How much rain is needed to ease the drought?
  • Infographic: Rainfall and water supplies

    Infographic: Rainfall and water supplies

    A look at how rainfall replinishes water stocks.

    Source: BBC News

Credits

Presenter
Mary Rhodes
Reporter
David Gregory
Series Producer
Ciara Redman
Executive Producer
Rachel Bowering

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