Businesses warned of droughts becoming 'new normal'
The UK's National Drought Group (NDG) has this week agreed measures to manage the current drought and minimise risks for next year, with businesses now facing a “new normal” for water.The NDG – which is includes decision-makers from the Environment Agency (EA), government and water companies – said that prolonged dry weather has led to “exceptionally low” river flows and groundwate
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