South East England remains in drought, despite wettest April on record

14 may 2012
The Environment Agency's latest drought update has highlighted the wettest April on record, which has been beneficial for gardens, farms, rivers and sports pitches; although the South East of England remains in drought.

Despite the recent heavy rainfall in April, groundwater levels in the underground chalk aquifers, from which Veolia Water takes most of its water, remain very low following two successive autumn and winters of very low rainfall.

Mike Pocock, Water Resources Manager of Veolia Water said: "The critical period for recharging our aquifers is between October and March each year. The recent rainfall has been beneficial for the environment and has reduced demand for water. A large proportion of the recent rain has run off the surface into rivers, or has been absorbed by the soil, with only limited water recharge of our groundwater aquifers.

Following the unusually dry weather we have experienced over the 24-month period prior to April this year, we will need prolonged and substantial rainfall over a longer period than one month to recharge our aquifers and to move us out of a drought situation. The current temporary use ban, which includes hosepipe usage, has been assisting to reduce demand and conserve our water resources and we would like to thank our customers for their incredible support".

Veolia Water's website contains more information on the drought, where visitors can receive advice and tips on saving water and using water more efficiently, together with free and discounted water saving devices at: