The Telegraph & Argus celebrates it 150th anniversary this year and in honour of the occasion we are printing a story from our archives every day for 150 days.

Today we look at the Telegraph & Argus, Wednesday, September 1, 1976:

The South Western division of the Yorkshire Water Authority had put out an order for standpipes after Bradford had suffered the hottest and driest August since 1959 with 208.8 hours of sun and 0.68 inches of rain.

Water chiefs stressed that if the pipes were needed, an advertising campaign would be put in place to explain the various procedures and householders would be expected to see that standpipes were not vandalised, because there could be no guarantee of immediate replacements.

With recorded temperatures of 80.6 F, in Lister Park, the hosepipe ban in Bradford still continued and the people of Bradford were urged to save as much water as possible.

Days after Denis Howell was appointed 'Minister for Drought', severe thunderstorms brought rain to some places for the first time in weeks. September and October 1976 were both very wet months, ending the great drought of 1975–1976.