Southern Water’s reservoirs back to normal level

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SOUTHERN Water, which supplies water in the Lewes area, said its reservoirs are in a healthy position as we enter July, thanks to the recent wet weather.

Those supplied by South East Water still have a hosepipe restriction in place.

Bewl in Kent is more than 90 per cent full – the expected level for this time of year, and more than double what it was in February, when it fell to just 41 per cent following an exceptionally dry winter period.

Southern Water’s other surface water reservoirs are also at levels expected for this time of year.

The heavy rainfall throughout April, May and early June allowed Southern Water to lift its restrictions on water use – along with Anglian Water and Thames Water – on June 14.

However, some underground sources are still below average and Southern Water would like to remind customers to use water wisely, particularly as we head towards the summer holidays when we typically see an increase in the demand for water.

Water Quality and Strategy Manager Meyrick Gough said: “I’d like to thank our customers for their support in conserving water following what was one of the driest periods on record.

“Following the rainfall over the last couple of months, we now find ourselves in a completely different situation.

“Although our water restrictions are no longer in place, underground sources are still being replenished and we’d like to remind customers to think about the water they use.

“We’re entering the summer period when demand peaks, so we should all continue to use water wisely where we can.”

Sales of water efficiency products remain strong, with about 1,650 water butts ordered via the Southern Water website in May, following 2,000 orders in April.

In addition, the water efficiency pages of its website were viewed almost 18,000 times in May.

Meyrick said: “We’d all like to see some sunshine over the next few weeks and ask our customers to continue with their brilliant efforts to save water, particularly when the weather gets hotter.

“I’d like to remind them to keep an eye on our website for resource updates, and water efficiency tips.”