No Hosepipe Ban
If you are a Southern Water Customer; it is good news. All the company's reservoirs are full
Powdermill reservoir, near Sedlescombe and Weir Wood near East Grinstead, both in East Sussex, are 100 per cent full, having been boosted by rainfall during the recharge season (October until March).
Southern Water’s two other above-ground reservoirs are also in a healthy position - Bewl Water reservoir at Lamberhurst, Kent (pictured,) is 99 per cent full and Darwell reservoir near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, is 94 per cent full.
Nearly 335mm of rain has fallen between October and January, only just below the long-term average of 344mm.
Water companies rely on winter rainfall to refill reservoirs and groundwater storage following the summer months.
Water Strategy Manager Meyrick Gough said: “We’re nearing the end of our recharge season and our stocks have been refilled.
“From a resource perspective, we are in a better-than-average position, and do not envisage having to impose a hosepipe ban this summer.” Click on the link abov to hear Mr Gough
Southern Water supplies water to two million customers in Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Nearly 70 per cent comes from groundwater, predominantly from the chalk aquifer which is widespread across the region. A further 28 per cent comes from rivers and the remaining two per cent from surface water reservoirs.
Reservoir levels are updated weekly and can be seen here. Water efficiency tips can also be found online.