Water resources 'healthy' despite heatwave, says EA
The Environment Agency has urged the public to follow water company advice on water- saving while the current hot weather persists, but has described England's water resource situation as 'generally healthy'.
The agency said that while groundwater levels are declining, they remain within normal levels for the time of year and that rivers, lakes and reservoirs are also ‘broadly where they should be’ for early summer. Although some rivers and lakes in fast-responding water catchments have seen water levels drop quickly, these are areas that will also recover quickly when rain does return.
The UK has seen a remarkable spell of hot and dry weather in recent weeks, with Monday set to be the 16th consecutive day in which temperatures in England have exceeded 28 degrees. Water companies have issued advice to customers on saving water - including asking them not to use hosepipes in the garden - but the only formal hosepipe ban to be imposed has been in Northern Ireland. Water resources were previously bolstered by above average rainfall in the spring months.
Environment Agency operational teams and hydrologists continually monitor water levels throughout the year and are working with water companies and other organisations to reduce the impacts of the hot weather on the environment.
Paul Hickey, Deputy Director and head of water resources for the Environment Agency said: “A natural reduction in river flows and groundwater levels at this time of year is to be expected and water companies plan for these summer months. The summer started with river flow and groundwaters at normal levels in most areas, including the south east following the rain in spring.
“There is enough water for companies to maintain supplies if water resources are managed properly. There are no water use restrictions in place. It is always helpful, in terms of future supplies and protecting the environment, for everyone to follow advice on saving water from their water company and use water wisely. At this time of year the Environment Agency is always ready to respond to pressure on rivers caused by low flows and we continue to monitor the situation.”
- Innovative stop log installed at Cambridgeshire pumping station Water control and fabrication firm ECS Engineering Services has recently completed the installation of one of the... Read More >
- EA appoints Boulting as National Pump and Panel Framework supplier Boulting Technology has become the approved National Pump and Panel Framework supplier at the Environment Agency (EA). The... Read More >
- Orange County boosts production of recycled sewage for drinking California's Orange County Water District (OCWD), which has a plant that recycles sewage for use as drinking water, is... Read More >
- Opinion: We need to talk about water If different sectors of society work in unison to manage our collective water resources, we will find more sustainable... Read More >
- Smartening up: Is UK water metering ready for a smart revolution? Smart metering shows signs it can bring significant improvements on water consumption, leakage and more. But what will it... Read More >
- Interview: Guy Thompson, Managing Director, EnTrade Wessex Water has recently spun out EnTrade - the trading platform it developed for environmental catchment interventions –... Read More >
- Mapping the need for sanitation and investment The use of flow diagrams is allowing WaterAid teams to focus water industry innovation and investment on the urban areas... Read More >
- Service reservoir project refreshes supply in Burton-on-Trent Stonbury's project to construct a new service reservoir for South Staffs Water achieved the best whole-life asset solution... Read More >