Severn Trent Water said it was not currently predicting any usage restrictions this year, despite record low rainfall over the winter period and the Environment Agency stating that parts of the region are officially in drought.
The situation remains under constant review however and the company is taking steps to ensure supplies are resilient this year and next.
Over the last six months the company has focused on moving raw water supplies across its water ‘grid’ from the wetter West to the drier East to balance out regional supplies. Careful water resources management from river and ground water sources, including the development of a new over-land pipeline at Draycote Reservoir has also helped to strengthen the system.
The company is also reminding customers to use water wisely and save water in the home and garden, with free water saving kits available for all customers at www.stwater.co.uk
Said Severn Trent water resources manager, Marcus O’Kane: “Dozens of individual measures are being taken to ensure our customers do not face any usage restrictions this year, but we can’t afford to be complacent. Although we would never rule out the prospect of restrictions, we are confident we have the situation under control at this time.
“Customers in our region are very water conscious, with the lowest consumption per head in the UK. Our year-round message remains the same – use water wisely as part of your everyday life. You will also save money on your water and energy bills.”