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  • Water resources

    June 2018 update

    Our region received lower than average rainfall during May and June; May saw 78% of average rainfall and June saw just 9% of the average.

    However, over the last six months we have received average rainfall due to a wet March and April. We do not anticipate the need for customer restrictions, ie, hosepipe bans, this year.

    Current total reservoir storage is higher than average and stands at 82% of total capacity. Pumped storage (where we pump water from rivers to top up storage in the surface reservoirs) is not currently running.

    River flows are monitored on a daily basis to ensure stream supports are switched on as the appropriate flow triggers are reached. River flows remained higher than average throughout Spring, but are now declining and are currently just below average.

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

    • Briantspuddle (River Piddle, Dorset)
    • Dewlish (Devil’s Brook, Dorset)
    • Hullavington (Gauze Brook, nr Malmesbury)
    • Kingston Deverill (River Wylye, nr Warminster)
    • 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)
    • Yarde Lane (Pimperne Stream, Dorset).

    Groundwater levels are falling but are about average for the time of year.

    Demand has increased significantly in June in response to the hot dry weather.  The average daily volume of water we put into our network in June was 22 million litres higher a day than in May and in the last week of June demands were 20% higher than the previous month.


    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 and:

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

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