Wet weather good news for water supplies

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

Wet weather good news for water supplies

Southern Water has said a wet 2012 helped water levels this year. Picture by Robin Crossley.

WATER supplies for the Isle of Wight are in a good state, Southern Water has announced.

The water company has said many of its reservoir water levels are above average for the time of year, despite a hot summer with low rainfall.

Underground reserves, which account for about 70% of the water supply, are also at a normal level.

Water quality and strategy manager, Meyrick Gough, 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."

Southern Water was also pleased to announce that their leakage levels are below the target set by the regulatory board, Ofwat.

The water company is hopeful that supplies will stay plentiful, providing there is a normal amount of rainfall during autumn and winter.

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