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Water Resources are Low in Hertfordshire

Following a dry winter in 2016/17, our groundwater resources remained below average for the whole of last year. Over the last three months, a little over 50% of the long-term average rainfall has meant that groundwater supplies, which are used to supply water, are now low.

Even with the wet December, recharge of the aquifers was, in some areas, only 24% of the long-term average. This is because the soil was so dry, following below average rainfall in October and November, that most of the water did not reach the aquifer.

Rainfall will need to be significantly above average in January, February and March to reduce the likelihood of water restrictions later this year.

 

 

Article written: 9 January 2018

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