Groundwater levels set to remain low ‘for some time’, warns stakeholder group

It could be “quite some time” before England’s water supplies recover from a very dry spring, according to the latest conclusions of a meeting of water companies, environmental groups and government departments.

The National Drought Group (NDG), which met last week, said that there is “growing concern” about water supplies, with some parts of the country experiencing below average rainfall since winter 2016. Groundwater levels in eastern and south-eastern England remain low despite wet weather in June providing “local and temporary respite”, the group noted. 

“Most water companies have good reservoir storage for the remainder of this year”, it added, with “no threat to essential water supplies.

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