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A third of UK reservoirs are STILL exceptionally low meaning water restrictions are on the map

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A third of Britain’s reservoirs are STILL exceptionally low, meaning even more water restrictions – despite torrential rains washing away the summer heatwaves

  • Britain’s reservoirs will remain seriously below normal levels after the summer
  • Many ran almost completely dry when the temperature reached a record 40 ° C
  • Washing cars and filling public swimming pools may be banned

Water companies could limit water from rivers and introduce new restrictions as a third of Britain’s reservoirs remain alarmingly low after a summer of drought across much of the country.

Reservoirs in the UK fell well below normal levels during weeks of dry and warm weather.

Temperatures regularly rose above 30C this summer and peaked at 40C – the hottest day on record in Britain.

Heavy rainfall has hit much of the country in recent weeks, but it has not been enough to bring reservoirs back to normal levels.

A leaked document shows that only two of the 31 significant reservoirs are at normal levels, The Times reported.

The reservoirs remain at an exceptionally low level despite the heavy rainfall in recent weeks. Pictured: Ardingly Reservoir in Sussex in August

The earth around many of them remains hard and cracked after record-breaking temperatures this summer

The earth around many of them remains hard and cracked after record-breaking temperatures this summer

Minutes of a National Drought Group meeting revealed that South West Water, Southern Water, Yorkshire Water, South East Water, Severn Trent Water and Thames Water were all preparing to apply for drought permits.

The environmental permits give water companies more control over rivers and the amount of water that can be extracted.

In addition to bans on the use of garden hoses in much of the country, more restrictions on water use could soon be introduced, including washing cars, cleaning non-domestic buildings and filling public swimming pools.

However, water companies have for the time being stopped taking such drastic measures.

Reservoirs and rivers nearly dried up in July as Britain experienced its most intense heat wave ever.

Wayoh Reservoir in Entwistle, Bolton, which is normally filled with 500 million gallons of water and supplies about 50 percent of its drinking water to Bolton, ran bone dry amid arid conditions.

Near the village of West End, near Harrogate, Yorkshire, the Thruscross Reservoir was also badly hit.

Visitors could walk on the dry shore of the usually full reservoir.

It is not clear how many weeks it will take for the reservoirs to recover, despite continued rain in recent weeks in many parts of the UK.

Wayoh Reservoir in Entwistle, Bolton, which is normally filled with 500 million gallons of water, ran bone dry this summer

Wayoh Reservoir in Entwistle, Bolton, which is normally filled with 500 million gallons of water, ran bone dry this summer

Visitors were able to walk across most of the Thruscross Reservoir in Harrogate after most of the basin was baked dry by the sun

Visitors were able to walk across most of the Thruscross Reservoir in Harrogate after most of the basin was baked dry by the sun

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