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Barbecue in a dried up reservoir

By philtaylorphoto  
7 September 2018. Blackstone Edge Reservoir, Blackstone Edge, Littleborough, Lancashire. The United Utilities owned reservoir stands at the summit of Blackstone Edge on the border between Rochdale and Calderdale 1,250 feet up in the Pennines. Despite its elevated position and high rainfall it substantially dried out during the summer, with some newspapers likening its banks to a tropical beach. The continuing drier and warmer than normal weather has now left it with huge mudflats and boggy marshland areas. The promise of a drier BBG Autumn will not improve matters. United Utilities proposed a hosepipe ban on 5 August 2018, but abandoned it days before they paid out their shareholders dividend, they have been criticised for losing 25% of their water through leaks. Water levels in the Pennine area are lower now than at the height of the summer drought...Photos by Phil Taylor Tel A group of students from Bury attempt to light a barbecue by the banks of the dried up reservoir despite a biting wind, and incoming storm, and a promised warmer autumn climate. They were having one last summer barbecue before going their separate ways to university.

I think this sums up 2018 well. They are standing on the dried up bed of a reservoir, now just a puddle; they would normally be at least 6 feet under water. I've had a bit of a 1 man crusade reporting on how low our reservoirs are despite the searing summer heat having vanished, and this is as yet unpublished.

Tags: Photo journalism Edge Reservoir Lancashire Dry Drought Blackstone

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