The lack of rainfall in what is very much a winter drought should start being a cause for concern. Fly over the big reservoirs in Kent and Surrey and you’ll see them gradually shrinking down to large pond size. On the pavements, the absence of rain is defined by my weaving between the dog messes on the pavement which have now been there for months. It occurs to me that the bigger the dog, the less inclined the owner is to use a purpose designed black plastic bag to collect what it leaves behind each day.
Unless it rains every day between now and the arrival of spring the year ahead is going to be a tough one, with the hose pipe ban in force throughout the summer. Gardens will dry out, roses will die and garden swimming pools will stay empty.
In Thanet, unless someone from Southern Water can tell me otherwise, I predict that we could see standpipes in the streets if the drought continues. Something perhaps for both the local and county councils to think about perhaps and start taking measures to reassure the public one way or the other. Perhaps our different councillors, reading this webpage could cast a little light on the problem?