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  • Water resources

    November 2018 update

    Following average rainfall in August, September and October were drier than average with just 67% and 45% (respectively) of long-term average rainfall. This follows lower than average levels of rainfall in May, June and July; May saw 78% of average rainfall, June saw just 9% of the average and in July we received 65% of the rain we would normally expect for the month.

    Overall, this means that the rain received in the last six months (May to October) has been 60% of the long-term average, at 249 mm. However, we do not anticipate the need for customer restrictions, such as hosepipe bans, this year.

    Current total reservoir storage is below average and at the beginning of November stands at 37% of total capacity. However, pumped storage (where we pump water from rivers to top up storage in the surface reservoirs) is currently running into Durleigh, Sutton Bingham and Luxhay reservoir.

    River flows are monitored on a daily basis to ensure stream supports are switched on as the appropriate flow triggers are reached. Whilst river flows remained higher than average throughout spring, they declined at a higher rate than normal over the summer and are currently slightly below average.

    Stream supports which help improve river flows are in operation in the following locations:  

    • Briantspuddle (River Piddle, Dorset)
    • Brixton Deverill (River Wylye, nr Warminster)
    • Charlton (Woodbridge Brook, nr Malmesbury)
    • Chitterne (Chitterne Brook, nr Warminster)
    • Dewlish (Devil’s Brook, Dorset)
    • Easterton (Broadwell Spring, nr Devizes)
    • Hullavington (Gauze Brook, nr Malmesbury)
    • Kingston Deverill (River Wylye, nr Warminster)
    • Little Chalfield (Chalfield Brook, nr Bradford on Avon)
    • Lower Stanton St Quinton (Rodbourne Stream, nr Chippenham)
    • Luckington (Sherston Avon, nr Malmesbury)
    • Porton (Salisbury Bourne)
    • South Wraxall (Chalfield Brook, nr Bradford on Avon)
    • Tetbury (Tetbury Avon, nr Malmesbury)
    • Watergates (Tadnoll Brook, Dorset)

    Groundwater levels decreased at a higher rate than normal over the summer, and are now below average for the time of year.

    Demand for water increased by 20% during the hot dry weather of June and July. Demand has continued to decrease since this period and is now similar to the levels which would be expected 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.  

     

    14,500


    leaks fixed on our network during 2017/18.


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

    • offer free water efficiency devices to our customers
    • 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.  

    Rainfall  

    83% of average - For the last 12 months

      45% of average - For last month

    Reservoirs

    37% Full

    Groundwater 

    Below average 

    Supporting river flows  

    39 million litres per day

    Leaks fixed this year

    8710

    Water saving initiatives 

    3.4 million litres since 2015 
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