Title: Water and the environment in times of drought
Author: National Rivers Authority Southern Region
Document Type: Monograph
The drought of 1989 and 1990 affected most of England and Wales, but in the drier, highly populated South East of England its effects were particularly acute. There were bans on the use of hosepipes in the garden and restrictions on non essential water use such as washing buildings, railway carriages and cars. The water environment was also affected because normal protection measures had to be relaxed to give priority to public water supply. The drought coincided with the restructuring of the water industry, which took effect on 1 September 1989. Before that date the Regional Water Authorities had for sixteen years been responsible for both water services and the regulating and monitoring of the water environment. Although the water services companies were privatised, environmental care stayed in the public sector. The Government established the National Rivers Authority to take on responsibility for land drainage, flood defence, environmental monitoring and regulation, and the management of water resources. The NRA is structured in ten regions, having the same boundaries as the former Regional Water Authorities. Water supply in the Southern Region is the responsibility of Southern Water Services limited and six statutory Water Companies. The level of services to be provided and the charges made to customers iss regulated by the Office of Water Services.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1990
Publication Place: Worthing
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