Even though we’re in the middle of a wet and windy winter the hosepipe bans stay in place with seven water companies. However, the Environment Agency is positive about the near future. They state the following this week:
“A wet autumn and a wet start to the winter have meant most reservoirs have recovered and groundwater levels are improving. In south-east England we are in a better position than this time last year and the signs are encouraging…”, but they add – “…the drought is not over. If the weather changes and the rest of the winter remain dry, it could cause further water resources problems next spring and summer.”
Interestingly they also state that “Most reservoirs in England and Wales are now average or above average with some reservoirs now full.” and “Thames Water reservoirs that supply London have increased from 92 per cent to 100 per cent full this week.”
Obviously reservoir levels are important but so are groundwater levels and these still have some way to go, but the Agency does say that many areas have higher groundwater levels than at this time last year, so we have reason to be positive. Let’s just hope it keeps raining.