Doncaster officially in drought

River Don at Sprotbrough, when water levels have been low in the past.
River Don at Sprotbrough, when water levels have been low in the past.

A DROUGHT has been declared in the Doncaster area after rainfall figures showed this is the driest 12 months for more than a century.

The Environment Agency has warned this week that if the dry weather continues in the Don catchment area then it could have a major impact on our waterways.

Anglers and other people who use the borough’s waterways have been warned to expect a deterioration in their condition with a dry spring and summer on the horizon.

Farmers are also being urged to be more careful about the amount of water they pump out of rivers and streams across Doncaster for crop irrigation.

The Environment Agency in Yorkshire confirmed drought conditions apply to catchments of the River Don, the River Rother, the River Hull, and the River Derwent - in stark contrast to five years ago when parts of Doncaster were flooded because the rivers and becks could not cope with the rainfall.

The Environment Agency is concerned about the effect of the drought on the environment but Yorkshire Water does not currently anticipate any impact on the public water supply, although it is continually reviewing the situation.

Ben Hughes, the organisation’s drought manager, said: “The dry spell is forecast to continue over the next few months. We have been working with Yorkshire Water and it is not anticipated that there will be an impact on public water supplies at this stage.

“However, we expect to see lower river levels, and some small springs and streams drying up, which will affect people who use those waterways, as well as fish and other wildlife.”

For advice and tips on how to save water, visit www.yorkshirewater.com/savewater.