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  • Water resources

    May 2017 update

    Significantly below average rainfall fell in April: a total of 14mm, which is 24% of the rain we would expect in the month. Over the last six months we have received 76% of average rainfall.

    At the end of April, total reservoir storage stood at 94% of total capacity. Pumped storage (where we pump water from rivers to top up storage in surface reservoirs) is currently running from the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal to Durleigh Reservoir and from Otterhead 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 in April have continued to fall, and as a result the following stream supports are running: Watergates (Tadnoll Brook, Dorset), Lower Stanton St Quinton (Rodbourne Stream near Chippenham), Briantspuddle (River Piddle, Dorset) and South Wraxall (Chalfield Brook, near Bradford on Avon).

    The drier and warmer than average weather in April saw an increase in demand in that month, although demand has reduced again at the start of May. 

    We are committed to helping customers reduce their water use. Free water efficiency devices and useful tips on how to reduce water use, both in the home and garden, can be found on our water efficiency page. Using water wisely can reduce utility bills and help your local environment.

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