Operation Yellowhammer: What it means for Britain’s clean water supplies

Woman filling a glass of water. She is using the faucet in the kitchen sink. There is a plant out of focus in the foreground. Close up with copy space.
A brief lack of clean water is a chance below a no-deal (Picture: Getty)

An absence of clean water may have an effect on as much as 100,000s of individuals as chemical provide chains could also be disrupted below a no-deal Brexit.

Operation Yellowhammer, a five-page authorities doc, says chemical compounds which clean the ’s water provide could possibly be delayed if the leaves the EU and not using a deal on October 31.

The papers reveal among the worst case situations the nation may face, together with a scarcity of recent meals, drugs shortages, nationwide protests, a hike in power costs and border delays.

DEFRA says within the paperwork that the largest threat to the nation’s water companies is the a ‘failure in the chemical supply chain’.

This means there could possibly be a scarcity of chemical compounds wanted to completely clean water and make it secure for human consumption.

Although the papers say it is kind of unlikely this may occur but when it does, it will have an effect on as much as 100,000s of individuals.

A worker re-stocks shelves with bottles of water at a supermarket in Belfast, Northern Ireland on December 29, 2010. Some 40,000 people were struggling to cope Wednesday without water supplies in Northern Ireland, where frozen pipes have burst, leaving some without fresh water for eight days. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the province are affected, with people forced to join long queues for bottled water. Parts of the capital Belfast are among the hardest hit. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
There could possibly be a threat to the chemical provide chain say the federal government (Picture: Getty)

DEFRA mentioned: ‘Public water companies are prone to stay largely unaffected attributable to actions now being taken by water firms.



‘The most important single threat is a failure within the chemical provide chain.

‘The probability of this occurring is taken into account low and the affect is prone to be localised, affecting as much as 100,000s of individuals.

‘Water firms are effectively ready for any disruption; they’ve important shares of all crucial chemical compounds, in depth monitoring of their chemical provide chains (together with transportation and all deliveries) and mutual agreements in place.

‘In the event of a supply chain failure, or the need to respond rapidly to other water supply incidents, urgent action may need to be taken to make sure people continue to have access to clean water’.

What does Operation Yellowhammer warn of?

  • Three months of disruption at Channel crossings
  • Two-and-a-half day delays for lorries coming into the UK
  • Immigration delays for UK vacationers heading to Europe
  • Rise in protests and public dysfunction
  • Disruption to gas supplies
  • ‘Significant’ electrical energy value rises
  • ‘Severe extended delays’ to drugs supplies
  • Animal illness outbreaks
  • Reduction in supplies of recent meals
  • Supermarket value rises
  • Panic-buying
  • Lack of clean water attributable to failure in provide of chemical compounds
  • Breakdown in sharing of regulation enforcement knowledge with EU international locations
  • Gibraltar not ready sufficient
  • Fishing wars between UK and EU vessels
  • Hard border in Ireland



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