Rainfall and Resources

Groundwater levels: Above average for the first time since December 2016

Bough Beech Reservoir: Above average

Water companies depend on winter rainfall for the water we supply to our customers as underground aquifers – rocks which act like a giant sponge – only usually fill up between October and March when there is less plant growth and evaporation. The winter of 2016 was cold and grey but quite dry with only two thirds of average rainfall across our supply area. This meant that groundwater sources were a lot lower than normal going into last winter and we therefore needed a minimum of 80% of the long-term average rainfall to ensure enough water would be available to meet the spring and summer demand. October – the start of the critical six month ‘recharge season’ - was dry, with only 35 per cent of average rainfall during the month, followed by only half of the expected rain in November. However, December through to the end of March was a lot wetter, bringing the total winter rainfall to 94% of the long-term average, meaning that temporary usage restrictions this year are now not necessary.

Water is a precious resource whatever the weather and as 85 per cent of the water we supply to our customers comes from underground, our water efficiency activities and messages are relevant all year round. We have a wealth of tips and information on our website, as well as tools to help customers reduce their bill and free water saving devices: http://www.waterplc.com/pages/home/saving-water/

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Current Resource Levels

Information updated on 19 June 2018. Click on graph to enlarge.

Rainfall

Information updated on 19 June 2018. Click on graph to enlarge.

Bough Beech Reservoir Level

Information updated on 19 June 2018. Click on graph to enlarge.

Well House Inn Reference Borehole Level

Graph showing the water level in the Well House Inn borehole

Information updated on 19 June 2018. Click on graph to enlarge.

Water demand

Information updated on 19 June 2018. Click on graph to enlarge.

Raw Data Spreadsheet

To download this spreadsheet please click on the following link:

excel.zip - a ZIP format file containing the full set of all available data in a multi-sheet Excel format spreadsheet. (data updated monthly)

Information updated on 11 June 2018.

 


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