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  • Water resources

    Water resources - September 2017

    Mid-September 2017 update

    Our water resources position is satisfactory and we don’t anticipate the need for customer restrictions (ie, hosepipe bans) this year.

    Above average rainfall fell in August: a total of 68mm which is 110% of the rain we would expect in the month. Over the last six months we have received average rainfall.

    Current total reservoir storage stands at 68% of total capacity. Pumped storage (where we pump water from rivers to top up storage in surface reservoirs) is currently running from Bridgwater and Taunton Canal to Durleigh reservoir.

    River flows are monitored on a daily basis to ensure stream supports are switched on as the appropriate flow triggers are reached. River flows began to stabilise in August but most stream supports remain in operation

    Stream supports are in operation in the following locations: Briantspuddle (River Piddle, Dorset); Brixton Deverill (River Wylye near Warminster); Chitterne (Chitterne Brook near Warminster); Dewlish (Devil’s Brook, Dorset); Hullavington (Gauze Brook near Malmesbury); Kingston Deverill (River Wylye near Warminster); Little Chalfield and South Wraxall (Chalfield Brook near Bradford on Avon); Lower Stanton St Quinton (Rodbourne Stream near Chippenham); Tetbury (Tetbury Avon near Malmesbury); and Watergates (Tadnoll Brook, Dorset).

    Groundwater levels in our region remain below average due to the lower than normal rainfall over the last 12 months.

    The wetter weather saw the average demand reduce in August.


    leaks fixed on our network during 2016/17 plus a further 4,000 leaks fixed for free on customer's private supply pipes.

    We are committed to helping customers to reduce their water use. We are:

    Using water wisely can reduce customers' utility bills and help their local environment.

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