Reservoirs full, but water still needs to be used wisely

Posted: Friday 26th January 2007

The winter rain has allowed Southern Water’s four reservoirs to refill. But the company says that it is important to remember that the reservoirs only supply a small amount of the water for the South East.

About 70 per cent of water in the company’s supply area comes from underground aquifers which are still being replenished.

Meyrick Gough, Southern Water’s Water Planning and Strategy Manager, said: “The underground aquifers are now refilling as the winter rain filters down to them. This is why we were able to remove the hosepipe ban last Thursday (18th January) but we all need to continue to use water wisely.

“We have been really impressed with the efforts of our customers who joined with us in an award-winning campaign to beat the drought.

“Last summer customers saved 43 million litres of water a day compared with two years ago - more than enough water to meet the needs of a city the size of Brighton and Hove.”

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