A letter from South East Water tells me of,
“continued water shortage affecting the SouthEast of England. While recent rainfall has boosted river and reservoir levels, it has had little impact on our region’s groundwater sources, many of which remain at severely low levels. Groundwater sources provide around 75% of all our customers’ water supplies.
Therefore, at this stage South East Water is not in a position to remove water restrictions, and it is likely they will stay in place until the autumn, which is when any rainfall can start to re-fill these vital underground reserves.”
Wow, and today it’s absolutely poured down all day here and throughout the South East of England, leading to flooding. Meanwhile Thames Water relaxed its hosepipe ban for certain types of customer, although retaining the ban for domestic customers.
I ought to say that our water provider in Lightwater is Veolia South Region, who acquired our previous supplier Three Valleys Water, they also retain a hosepipe ban. Like South East Water, who supply other parts of Surrey Heath, they derive the majority of their water from underground aquifers. There are water companies that extract water from rivers and reservoirs and aren’t as similarly affected. All very complicated, huh.