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In Pictures: Heatwave hosepipe ban harks back to 1976 drought

It has been one of the driest summers on record, but will 2018 go as far to match the drought of 1976?

The current heatwave is believed to be the longest since 1976 when there were 15 consecutive days of temperatures reaching 32C or higher and many months without rainfall.

1976 was marked by standpipes in the streets, water rationing and the appointment of a Minster for Drought.

Here’s what Britain looked like back in that summer.

Staines Reservoirs

Normally holding 3,500 million gallons, Staines Reservoirs dropped down to 17 million gallons amid the heatwave

Denis Howell

Denis Howell was appointed Drought Minister to help manage the water crisis

Standpipes

Residents across the country had to fill buckets from water standpipes in the street

Cerica

A model was photographed tanning herself in the dried-up basin of Pitsford Reservoir, Northamptonshire

Broad Oak

Drought-hit farmland at Broad Oak in Kent during August 1976

Queen Mother Reservoir

The average maximum daily temperature in June 1976 was 19.9C

1976 drought lookback

The River Thames at Teddington after Thames Water Authority back-pumped water at Molesey Weir

Newport

Household supplies in Newport, Wales, were cut for 12 hours a day in a bid to preserve the desperately low stocks

What memories do you have of the Summer of ’76?

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Pinkgirl02
20th Jul 2018
0
Thanks for voting!
1976 was the year I left school so I remember it very well
viking
20th Jul 2018
2
Thanks for voting!
I am not in the least bit surprised if there is a nationwide hosepipe ban.
Although the foreign owned water companies give so much publicity when cornered, to tell us of the vast amounts of money that they are investing in the company, it is only on closer inspection of information obtained, that most of this money is spent repairing leaks.
There is never any mention of new reservoirs being built or existing ones being enlarged.
If these foreign owners are making handsom profits for their foreign shareholders why should they have to reduce dividens for the silly Brits.
Yes we are silly, has any European country ever sold off their precious asset to a foreign country............Answer not likely, just try anything like that in France.
steve263
20th Jul 2018
0
Thanks for voting!
I was working for a company delivering fresh fish around South Wales. We had a hell of a job keeping the stuff cool and had a huge ice machine on permanently.

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