Groundwater supplies reach record levels

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College

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GROUNDWATER levels are continuing to rise – at a time of the year when they are usually falling.

Portsmouth Water has reported that groundwater levels at Idsworth, near Rowlands Castle, the source of most of the area’s water supply, are almost 10m above the long-term average.

A statement said: ‘The trend is uncharacteristic for the time of year and resulted from the heavy rainfall in April to July.

‘Groundwater levels have increased by 9.4m since mid April which is the highest recorded increase during a recession period since records began in 1932.’

It comes after an unusually dry winter in which the company was considering possible restrictions.

It continues to ask people to use water wisely.

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