Dry summer fails to make big impact on groundwater levels

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WATER resources are in a healthy position despite a hot, dry summer.

Southern Water is reporting that water levels are above average for the time of year at all but one of its reservoirs.

And Portsmouth Water, which supplies water to most of the city, is reporting that groundwater levels in the South Downs are in ‘normal range’ this month.

It comes after low rainfall during June, July and August.

Total rainfall for August was 14.9mm at Havant.

This figure is significantly lower than the 30-year average of 53.73mm.

Both water companies are about to enter their recharge season, when water sources are filled by increased rainfall following the summer months.

Meyrick Gough, water quality and strategy manager, said: ‘After a good summer, we would expect our water reserves to be depleted.

‘However, overall they are better than average for this time of year.

‘This is mainly down to two reasons – the particularly wet year in 2012 which refilled reservoirs and boosted groundwater supplies, and the excellent work put in to save water by our customers and our own leakage teams.

‘We all enjoyed the hot weather this summer but customers were also mindful of the amount of water they were using at home and in the garden.

‘I’d like to thank them for their efforts and ask that they continue the good work even though summer is over.’