Man fills bucket from water bowser 1976
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How 1976 drought left Britain bone dry

The notorious summer of 1976 is remembered as one of the driest on record in the UK.

A drought and heatwave in the UK in 1976 led to standpipes being introduced on streets, as a hosepipe ban took effect and other measures to conserve water were introduced.

This BBC News archive item shows the extensive impact of the 1976 drought throughout much of the country.

  • 20 Feb
  • From the section UK