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Utilities: Folkestone and Dover water company warn of possible restrictions to supplies after dry winter

Contributed by editor on Apr 20, 2017 - 06:55 AM



Affinity Water, which supplies water to parts of Folkestone and Dover is warning of possible supply restrictions.



The company say that since July 2016 there has been low rainfall and the water in their aquifers (natural underground water reservoirs) and rivers used to supply the area has dropped below average.

Affinity Water has said: "This is important as 60% of the water we supply to you comes from underground sources.

"Usually aquifers only fill up from rainfall during autumn and winter, between October and March.

"From January to March 2017, rainfall has been 50% - 70% below the average for this time of year in our Central and Southeast regions. Our Central region covers people in parts of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey and the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon and parts of the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Enfield. Our Southeast region covers the Folkestone and Dover areas of Kent.

"The below average rainfall means we have not seen the usual rise in groundwater levels that we would usually expect and some rivers across our region have seen flows decrease.

"The Met Office long range weather forecast has also confirmed that the next few months are likely to be above average temperatures and below average rainfall.

"We continue to monitor the situation closely with clear plans in place to make sure we’re fully prepared, should the dry weather continue in the months ahead.

"In the meantime, we are encouraging our customers to save water to help preserve supplies, this will minimise the possibility of restrictions on household use this summer."


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