WATER chiefs officially declared a drought on one of Britain’s wettest days of the year.
As forecasters issued a “danger to life” warning due to flash floods, Affinity Water even threatened customers with a hosepipe ban.
A man cycles past a stranded car in Birmingham city centre after water chiefs declared a drought on one of Britain’s wettest days of the year[/caption]
The wet weather caused chaos for commuters in London as water poured through the ceiling at Liverpool Street station[/caption]
Homeowners who had battened down the hatches as remnants of Hurricane Humberto hit received an email telling them to reduce their shower times by one minute.
It was also suggested they use a water butt to help with water wastage, despite more than a month’s rain falling in six hours.
The firm supplies 3.6 million people with water.
Chief executive Pauline Walsh said: “Despite today’s wet weather, it may come as a surprise that over the last three years we’ve had much less rain than normal.
“This means we are now in drought and we may need to introduce water restrictions (also known as a hosepipe ban) in spring 2020.” She added: “We hope we can all work together to save water during this time.”
Affinity Water supplies water to four million customers in London and the Home Counties.
Earlier this month, the firm apologised after a burst water main caused “devastation” in Watford, Herts.
People were forced to leave their homes after they were submerged by “rapids” and 400 animals had to be relocated from a farm at Aldenham Country Park.
In July, homeowners in Knaphill, Surrey, threatened to sue Affinity Water after a burst main flooded their homes for a fourth time in two years.
Last year, a man had to be hospitalised in West Drayton, West London, after being hit by water from a broken Affinity water main. Six fire engines and 40 firefighters were needed to sort it out, and 80 homes had to be evacuated.
Affinity Water sparked outrage and ridicule in May 2017 when it refused to lift a hosepipe ban despite torrential downpours – because it was “the wrong type of rain”. It said the rain was likely to run off the hard ground and into rivers.
On Tuesday, Hurricane Humberto blew in from the Atlantic, bringing with it 50mph winds and intense downpours.
The wet weather caused chaos for commuters in London as water poured through the ceiling at Liverpool Street station.
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Residents living in Boscombe Down in Wiltshire were hit with the heaviest rainfall, with 51.2mm soaking the military base near Amesbury in 12 hours.
Motorists in Birmingham, meanwhile, were forced to abandon their cars due to flooding.
Despite the rain, forecasters say the UK has had only 20 per cent of expected rainfall by this stage in September.
A car is driven into a flooded section of road after heavy rain caused localised flooding in Milton Keynes[/caption]
Cars try to make their way through a flooded road in Birmingham city centre[/caption]
A man runs through heavy rain in Birmingham city centre[/caption]
Flooding in Sparkbrook, Birmingham[/caption]
Pedestrians are caught in heavy downpours on Westminster Bridge in London[/caption]
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