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  • Water resources

    Water resources - July 2017

    Mid-August 2017 update

    Despite lower than average rainfall over the last 12 months, our water resources position is satisfactory.  We don’t anticipate the need for customer restrictions (ie, hosepipe bans) this year.

    Significantly above average rainfall fell in July: a total of 97mm, which is 176% of the rain we would expect in the month. Over the last six months we have received average rainfall.

    At the end of July, total reservoir storage stood at 64% of total capacity. Pumped storage (where we pump water from rivers to top up storage in surface reservoirs) is currently running from Otterhead Lakes to Luxhay Reservoir.

    River flows are monitored on a daily basis to ensure stream supports are switched on as the appropriate flow triggers are reached. River flows began to stabilise in July but most stream supports remain in operation.

    Stream supports are in operation in the following locations: Briantspuddle (River Piddle, Dorset); Brixton Deverill (River Wylye near Warminster); Chitterne (Chitterne Brook near Warminster); Dewlish (Devil’s Brook, Dorset); Hullavington (Gauze Brook near Malmesbury); Kingston Deverill (River Wylye near Warminster); Little Chalfield South Wraxall (Chalfield Brook near Bradford on Avon); Lower Stanton St Quinton (Rodbourne Stream near Chippenham); Luckington (Sherston Avon near Malmesbury); South Wraxall (Chalfield Brook near Bradford on Avon); Tetbury (Tetbury Avon near Malmesbury); Watergates (Tadnoll Brook, Dorset) and  Yarde Lane (Pimperne Stream, Dorset).

    Groundwater levels in our region remain below average due to the lower than normal rainfall over the last 12 months.

    The wetter weather saw the average demand reduce in July.

    10,000+

    leaks fixed on our network during 2016/17 plus a further 4,000 leaks fixed for free on customer's private supply pipes.

    We are committed to helping customers to reduce their water use. We are:

    Using water wisely can reduce customers' utility bills and help their local environment.

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