Anglian Water has applied to the Environment Agency for a drought permit to top up its Pitsford Water reservoir, to mitigate supply problems that could arise from a potentially dry winter.
Anglian Water said the move was a “precaution” to prevent reservoir levels dropping even further if this winter is a dry one. Pitsford Water reservoir is currently at 56% capacity. The drought permit would allow the water company to transfer an additional 17Ml/day from the River Nene to the reservoir.
“If the dry conditions were to continue throughout this winter, storage levels at Pitsford would not recover,” said an Anglian Water spokesman. “That’s why we’re taking prudent action now … to try to keep water supplies secure.” Anglian Water will also target leakage over the winter to prevent wastage.
The spokesman said last winter and spring were unusually dry, and reservoir levels did not recover enough over the summer to reach “an acceptable level”. September’s rainfall was then 49% lower than in previous years, worsening the situation. Parts of the Anglian region were officially declared to be in a state of droughtthis June.
- Water experts told NCE earlier this year that if this winter is particularly dry, many water companies could face drought problems next summer.