There is already a hosepipe ban in place in England in 2023 throughout Cornwall and North Devon which has continued since August of last year.
Here we consider the prospects of a hosepipe ban and drought in England and Wales during 2023.
Rainfall during the autumn and winter months has been fairly average, but since the end of January it’s been very dry. This comes off the back of last year which saw the driest summer for nearly 30 years.
We rely very heavily on good levels of rainfall throughout colder months as this rainfall replenishes rivers, reservoirs and underground stocks of water. During warmer months rainfall is mostly sucked up by vegetation rather than supplementing struggling stock levels.
One especially worrying indicator comes from the northern Yorkshire Water region. Over at least the last 20 years we’ve seen the highly populated and drier south and south east of England hit with almost yearly drought concerns. But at the moment, the Yorkshire region is really struggling.
Until 2022 we had to go back to the dry summer of 1995 to see a hosepipe ban put in place by Yorkshire Water. They are currently preparing for another dry summer with news that they may need to pump more water from rivers to supplement domestic water supplies.
If a traditionally wetter region such as Yorkshire is have such problems, it doesn’t bode well for the rest of England and Wales – especially in the south.
Currently it’s looking very likely that many parts of England and Wales will again face hosepipe bans in 2023, unless we have a very damp early spring.