Water levels at new high

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Jean Everitt from Friends of the Earth, Cllr Trevor Cartwright, Cllr Rob Humby, Cllr Graham Burgess, Jean MacGrory from Hampshire County Council with Callum Manson, Thomas Houghton and Skye Maccoll from Rowner Junior School. Picture: David George

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GROUNDWATER levels have reached a record high.

Portsmouth Water is reporting that groundwater at Idsworth, near Rowlands Castle, is at a record level because of heavy rain so far throughout 2014.

A statement said: ‘Groundwater levels have now dramatically recovered to new record levels.

‘At the beginning of January, levels were approximately 2m above the long-term average and now, due to the exceptional rain, are 10.5m above them.’