After the drought

After two dry-ish winters, on April 1st a drought was declared in our area. Overnight, a hosepipe ban was instituted. Water your lawn, wash your car, fill a watering can from a garden hose, and you would be fined £1500. That’s about $2300.

What followed was the wettest April on record, followed by a rainy May, the wettest June in history, and now a calamitous July. The drought remained official. The reservoirs were low and the Victorian era pipes leak like sieves. Literally. In London, something like 5 million liters of water are lost to leakage every day. And on a rainy island, there’s never been any perceived need to conserve. So nobody does.

And so the drought continued, as roofs collapsed under pouring rain, and the rivers flooded, and entire streets were washed away. I found moss growing on the windows of my car. Really.

And above you see the results of the drought months: a verdant lawn and gloriously blooming flowers.

Today the drought was officially declared over. Maybe this will mean we finally get to see the sunshine.

4 responses to “After the drought

  1. Love it! Way down south here in Sussex, we’ve been watching — as I am sure you have — newscasters standing in flood water reporting on the terrible drought gripping the countryside. I think the British like taking the piss. They lifted our hosepipe ban a few weeks back but I have not heard if they have declared the drought over yet.

    • Yep, everytime we had a cloudburst and water was splashing off the roads, a friend would say, “It’s droughting again.”

  2. Send it here! We are drying up!

  3. To be honest, I am not missing the unpredictability of an English summer. Although it sounds all to predictable lately. I understand that the British Met. Office are no longer doing weather forecasts, but rather directing people to Genesis 6:9.

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