Water resources

Water resources

January 2020 update

December was another wet month for the region, with 140 mm of rainfall. This is 134% of the monthly average and now means that overall, the rain received in the last six months (July to December) has been 123% of the long-term average, at 636 mm.

Surface reservoir storage remained high throughout December, and at the end of the month storage was 100% of total capacity (please see the table below for our latest resource position).

River flows are monitored on a daily basis to ensure stream supports are switched on as the appropriate flow triggers are reached. The sustained rainfall meant that river flows increased significantly in December, and at the end of the month most were well above average for the time of year.

Stream supports, which help improve river flows, remain in operation in the following locations (as at 16/01/2020):

  • Watergates (6.5 Ml/d into Tadnoll Brook, Dorset)

Groundwater levels continued to increase in December and by the end of the month most were well above average for the time of year. 

We are committed to helping customers to reduce their water use. We offer free water efficiency devices to our customers and also provide useful tips on how to reduce water use both in in the home and garden. Using water wisely can reduce customers' utility bills and help their local environment.

Weekly update- 16/01/2020




Supporting river flows 

Water saving initiatives 

107% of average – for the last 12 months
134% of average – for last month 

100% full

Above average

6.5 million litres per day

3.4 million litres since 2015

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