London businesses next to face water restrictions amid drought

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LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - Business in London may face restrictions on water supply if the dry weather desiccating the southeast of England persists.

"We don't know when the drought is going to end," Ms Cathryn Ross, strategy and regulatory affairs director at Thames Water Utilities said in an interview with Bloomberg radio.

The utility's current plan is not to go beyond the hosepipe ban for residential consumers, but "with a heavy heart" the possibility of further restrictions on water usage for industrial supplies is on the cards if the drought continues.

Earlier this week, the largest water provider in the UK told Londoners to prepare for a hosepipe ban as the city faces another heat wave.

Ms Ross says that will happen in a couple of weeks. Europe's increasingly frequent bouts of hot weather are a stark reminder of the consequences of the unfolding climate crisis, with temperature extremes set to become more common as the world continues to burn fossil fuels.

Temperatures in London are set to hit 32.5 deg C on Thursday (Aug 11) and rise further in the following days, according to forecaster Maxar Technologies.

The UK Met Office warned of extreme heat across parts of England and Wales from Thursday through the weekend, while the country's Health Security Agency extended a heat-health alert for all regions until Sunday.

The scorching heat in the UK last month sparked fires in and around the capital, warped runways at airports and triggered warnings that railway lines could buckle. England has recorded the driest July in almost 90 ye...

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