South East Water have written to Speldhurst & Bidborough Councillor Julian Stanyer to confirm that whilst recent rainfall has boosted river and reservoir levels, it has had little impact on the region’s groundwater sources, many of which remain at severely low levels. Groundwater sources provide around 75% of water supplies in this region and therefore at this stage South East Water says it is not in a position to remove water restrictions and it is likely to stay in place until at least the autumn. Levels are still exceptionally low and that they are concerned of the potential impact a third dry winter could bring. They hope to provide another up-date at the end of June.
SE Water comments:
“We understand that customers could be confused and frustrated as to why some companies are considering lifting restrictions while we have to keep ours in place. Unfortunately, the amount of water currently available in our underground reserves simply doesn’t support that course of action, and ahead of what could be much warmer, drier months. Conversely, other companies get the majority of water supplies from rivers or reservoirs which responded well to all the early spring rainfall.”