Utility Anglian Water has been granted a drought permit by the Environment Agency to extract water out of the River Nene to top up its Pitsford Water reservoir this week due to this year’s low rainfall.
Anglian Water will be able to transfer the water to the Pitsford reservoir until the end of March 2012 which is only 54% full. Anglian Water said the drought permits are necessary due to the successive dry seasons stretching back to last winter.
By taking early action to assist with the refilling of reservoirs in the Winter – rather than waiting until Spring to apply for a Permit – Anglian Water said it is ensuring that the environmental impact on local rivers is minimised.
The firm has also applied to the Environment Agency for a Drought Permit to allow for extra water to be pumped into Rutland Water, until the end of April 2012. According to the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and West Norfolk have seen their lowest yearly rainfall levels since 1921.