The end of ‘Dry January' but no top-up in sight for region's water supplies
It's not just the region's wine glasses that have been dry this January; as the East of England receives below average rainfall so far this winter.
Despite the on-going dry weather Anglian Water says its water supplies are secure and the company's engineers are already working to maintain and strengthen their water resource levels across the East of England, in preparation for next summer.
Following one of the hottest summers on record last year, and below average rainfall so far this winter, the water company is investing an additional £6.5m to make sure it's equipment is ready for whatever this summer brings, and is asking its customers to use water wisely in their own homes too.
Head of water resources for Anglian Water, Hannah Stanley-Jones said: "When it's dull and grey outside it's easy to not notice that in fact it hasn't rained that much. But the reality is, during the long hot dry spell the region only had 54 per cent of the average rainfall, and we have only had 89 per cent of the long term average since then which is not sufficient to recover from the low levels.
"The rain in early December certainly helped to bolster our supplies, with average reservoir levels currently at around 78 per cent, our supplies are secure. But coming after what was an exceptionally long dry summer, we haven't seen the recovery in groundwater levels that we would normally expect for this time of year."
In response to the dry summer in 2018, Anglian Water has ploughed extra resources into a programme of work this winter to ensure its equipment is in tip top shape to make the most of the water available.
Hannah added "Our teams are currently undertaking a programme of work including things like cleaning our underground boreholes to ensure they can work at full capacity to get the water we need.
"The East of England is the driest region in the country and we are used to periods with little rainfall. We undertake this kind of work every winter but with rain levels below average for this time of year it is essential that extra steps are taken to ensure water provisions remain strong for the rest of the year and the warmer months ahead. We are also putting more resources than ever into driving down leakage in our pipe network, with extra teams deployed to find and fix leaks."
Anglian Water is also urging their customers to continue with their water saving measures, even during the winter. Some water saving tips for the cold weather are:
Fix dripping taps
Lag pipes to prevent them bursting
Take shorter showers, or shallower baths
Don't wash cars
Avoid flushing the toilet regularly
Hannah said: "Our customers are already some of the most water savvy in the country. On average each of us use 133 litres each per day compared to the national average of about 140-145 litres. That equates to the difference of about 4million toilet flushes every day. There is always more we can all do to use water wisely, all year round. If we all save a bit now, there will be enough for summer fun later in the year."
Anglian Water maintains this key resource to make sure there's enough to go round for generations, ultimately planning decades into the future, investing heavily today for tomorrow and helping customers enjoy life but still use water wisely wherever possible.