Wa­ter firm calms drought fears

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

UNITED Util­i­ties in­sist wa­ter stocks across the north west are at nearly 90 per cent af­ter a pic­ture emerged of an al­most empty reser­voir north of Bury.

The pic­ture shows a very low wa­ter level in Cowpe Reser­voir in Lan­cashire fol­low­ing the re­cent dry spell.

A spokesman for United Util­i­ties stressed that wa­ter stocks across its 150 above and be­low ground reser­voirs in the north west were cur­rently at 89.7 per cent. The av­er­age for this time of year is 90 per cent.

He said there could be a se­ries of rea­sons ex­plain­ing why Cowpe Reser­voir ap­peared to be al­most empty. He stressed that re­ports of se­vere drought con­di­tions in the south were not be­ing mir­rored in the north west.

“We’re not wor­ried and nor should the pub­lic be,” he said.

An En­vi­ron­ment Agency spokesman said: “Fol­low­ing a dry win­ter, some rivers, ground waters and reser­voirs are lower than nor­mal for the time of year.

“We al­ways ad­vise that ev­ery­one uses wa­ter wisely - es­pe­cially dur­ing a pe­riod of dry weather - and to fol­low the ad­vice of their wa­ter com­pany should wa­ter sav­ing mea­sures be re­quired. The En­vi­ron­ment Agency, wa­ter com­pa­nies, busi­nesses and farm­ers are work­ing to­gether to min­imise any po­ten­tial im­pacts to peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment should the dry weather con­tinue.”

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