Officers from the environment department and other agencies are meeting to discuss ways to protect dwindling water supplies across most of England.
England prepares for drought amid unrelenting hot, dry weather
England faces drought in August if the hot and dry weather continues, with officials set to meet to discuss how to cope with the conditions.
The country is not in widespread drought but all of it, except for the north west, has moved into a state of "prolonged dry weather", the step before drought is declared, raising the spectre of restrictions such as hosepipe bans.
Officials from the Environment Department (Defra) and agencies including the Environment Agency are meeting with water companies and other groups including the National Farmers' Union and the Country Land and Business Association on Tuesday to discuss how to protect water supplies.
Much of the country already has low river flows, affecting the quality and quantity of water, with impacts on farmers and other water users, as well as wildlife.