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SOUTHERN Water says its reservoirs are all either full or nearly full after the wettest year on record.

The company, which supplies water to this area, says its four above-ground reservoirs are well above average for this time of the year.

Underground sources which provide 70 per cent of the water supply are also above average.

It is a change in fortunes for the water company, after it was left facing severely depleted levels at the start of the summer last year.

Meyrick Gough, the company’s water quality and strategy manager, said: ‘Weather over the past 12 months has been very unpredictable, making 
life difficult for everyone.

‘People will remember this time last year we were feeling the effects of two dry winters and reservoir and aquifer levels were worryingly low.

‘Now, we’re in the opposite position and thoughts of a drought and hosepipe ban are very far away.

‘Instead, we have some customers experiencing difficult conditions as a result of the rainfall we have received.

‘From a water resources point of view we are now in a very strong position ahead of the spring and summer.’