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Autumn rain replenishes stocks

Southern Water is one month into the recharge season, when its water sources are refilled following the summer months.

Thanks to some very wet weather during the year, the company’s reservoirs are in a healthy position with levels that are above average.

Underground sources across most of the region are also at average or above average levels.

Providing we see an average amount of rain this autumn and winter, water resources should remain healthy going into the spring and summer of 2013.

Water Quality and Strategy Manager Meyrick Gough said: “Autumn and winter are important seasons for water companies as this is when our sources are refilled in time for the spring and summer, when demand rises.

“The last two winters were exceptionally dry, resulting in a drought in parts of the South East earlier this year.

“Now we’re in the recharge season and have had some rain, the early signs are encouraging. Our reservoirs are in a much better position than this time last year and most of our underground sources are at normal levels.

“However, some are still recovering from the drought and we would hope to see plenty more rain this year to fully replenish all our stocks.”

Southern Water asks its customers to continue their excellent water efficiency work, even though the summer is over, and to keep calling the 24-hour freephone leakline if they spot what could be a leak – 0800 820999.

The company promotes a wide range of water efficiency measures on its website at www.southernwater.co.uk/waterefficiency.

It is also continuing:
• A programme to install 500,000 new meters with leak alarms in the majority of homes in the South East before 2015.

• Ongoing leak reduction work – during 2011-12, we delivered our lowest ever leakage level and continue to beat our Ofwat target.

• A mains replacement programme to replace of 256km of pipes before 2015. This work will reduce the risk of burst pipes and leaks.

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