April rain boost for water levels

YORKSHIRE Water will be bringing its roadshow to Scarborough at the beginning of next month.

The company will be outside Poundland on June 1 and 2 to offer free water saving gadgets and encourage customers to continue to play their part by conserving water where possible.

Record breaking levels in rainfall in April have helped to boost its stocks to the tune of an extra 12 billion litres.

Average reservoir levels in the region now stand at an average of 98 per cent, with many full to overflowing.

However, Yorkshire Water has stressed that many more weeks of sustained rainfall would be required to get these back to healthy levels.

The company, which provides its 4.9 million customers with an average of 1.24 billion litres of water a day, sources its drinking water from rivers and boreholes, as well as its extensive reservoir network.

Ian Stevens, water resources manager, said: “The record levels of rainfall in April have helped to replenish stocks, with reservoirs across the region looking very healthy.

“However, it’s worth remembering that the last 20 months have been the driest on record, with groundwater supplies really suffering as a consequence.

“Borehole supplies always take much longer than reservoirs to replenish, so while we have seen them recover slightly over the last four weeks, there’s still a long way to go before these are at anything like healthy levels.”