THE wettest April for over 100 years means our region is no longer in drought.
After the driest March in 59 years the Environment Agency said the Midlands was in environmental drought, meaning that while reservoir supplies were adequate, wildlife was suffering from a lack of surface water. April’s rainfall has restored many rivers and reservoirs and has been welcomed by farmers, gardeners and water companies.
The Environment Agency has said it is unlikely that water companies will now impose hosepipe bans in Warwickshire over the summer. However, groundwater levels remain a concern across England.
Dr Paul Leinster, Environment Agency chief executive, said: “Water resources across England and Wales are kept constantly under review.
The recent record rainfall has eased pressure on water resources in some parts of England, helping levels in rivers and reservoirs to recover and providing relief to farmers, gardeners and wildlife.
“The Environment Agency will continue to keep a close eye on the situation. Low groundwater levels remain a concern across many parts of England, with many still at a similar level to those in 1976 and unlikely to return to normal levels before the winter.
“A return to a long period of dry weather would increase the risk again.”
Parts of East Anglia and South East England remain in drought, with water company restrictions in place on public water use.