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South escapes summer water use restrictions

Southern England will avoid water restrictions this year, water companies said last week.

In Spring last year supplies in the South were dangerously low but heavy rainfall prevented the imposition of emergency water restrictions.

The same is not true this year. “From a water resources point of view we are in a very strong position,” said Southern Water’s water quality and strategy manager Meyrick Gough.

The company’s surface reservoirs and underground sources are at double the level they were last year.

Affinity Water, which supplies parts of north London, Kent and Essex was similarly optimistic.

“Groundwater levels in chalk are above average and we do not anticipate any restrictions for 2013,” said a spokesman.

Rutland water

Rutland Water: Now 96% full

South West Water’s 21 reservoirs are at 95.6% capacity and six of them are full. This time last year its reservoirs were 84.4% full. Groundwater sources are at an all-time high.

Europe’s largest reservoir, Rutland Water, is at 96% of capacity, said owner Anglian Water.

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