Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said the threshold for a drought condition in the south west Wales was met yesterday. NRW and the Welsh Government’s Drought Liaison Group made the decision after discussing the impact of the extension Heat wave. The scorching temperatures should have particularly affected rivers and reservoirs.
Areas affected include North Ceredigion, Teifi, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen, Swansea, Llanelli, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. Pembrokeshire and parts of Carmarthenshire have also been hit with a garden hose ban in a bid to ease pressure on the public water supply.
Natalie Hall from NRW said: “Prolonged dry weather can lead to drought when rainfall remains low. This can impact some of our most precious habitats and species as well as systems we often take for granted, such as our water supplies.
“We have decided to declare a state of drought in South West Wales after it was clear that the lack of rain and recent heat has put a strain on our rivers, reservoirs and water levels. underground.
“While parts of Wales can experience rain, it can still take a long time to recover from drought, making water a valuable resource.”
The region as a whole received only 65.5% of its average rainfall in July. All river lows are lower than expected for this time of year.
NRW said the Ewenny, Teifi and Taf rivers are “particularly low”.
Incredibly low water levels have led to the re-emergence of remnants of Llanwddyn village in Powys.
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This village was flooded in the 19th century to create the Lake Vyrnwy reservoir and supply water to Liverpool. The rest of the country is also impacted by the dry weather.
Wales experienced its driest five-month period in 40 years between March and July. Last year Wales used the equivalent of 356 Olympic swimming pools of water every day and in recent weeks the country’s daily demand has increased by 25%.
Experts said any rain currently forecast is expected to be short, intense and unlikely to have a substantial impact on the situation. They added that very wet weather will be needed throughout the fall and winter to ensure recovery.
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