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East Lancashire reservoir levels low despite snow

Lancashire Telegraph: LOW LEVELS: The snow-covered Fishmoor Reservoir LOW LEVELS: The snow-covered Fishmoor Reservoir

FEARS of a hosepipe ban are looming after it was revealed that reservoir levels across East Lancashire have plunged — despite all the snow.

The area saw just 30 per cent of the rainfall that would normally have been expected last month and was the driest on record. And 2010 on the whole was the driest year since 1981 in East Lancashire.

After last year’s hosepipe ban there are fears of a repeat this year with reservoirs much lower than they were this time last year.

Stocks are at 85 per cent, when they would be expected to be full.

Thirlmere and Haweswater which supply huge amounts of water into the North West network, are at just 70 per cent of capacity.

This time last year our reservoirs were above 90 per cent full.

The company loses 460 million litres of water a day through leaks.

However, this is in line with its targets and millions has been spent on new pipes.

But, Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry said that more needed to be done to fix the out-dated pipe network.

He said: “The weather has again been very dry and everyone will understand that reservoirs are low again.

"But I think the issue is more with fixing leaks and United Utilities has to look at being economical and investing in dealing with problems.”

A hosepipe ban was brought in by United Utilities last July because water levels in reservoirs had fallen to around half.

In December, just over 1.5 inches of rain fell.

Hyndburn Borough Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: “There has to be a fear that there will be another hosepipe ban because the reservoirs have not recovered and there has been even less rain than we had at this stage last year.

“In Hyndburn there have been many times in recent months that pipes have burst or leaked and that exaserbates the situation.”

United Utilities said: “We’re encouraging everyone to help us save water – often really simple things can make a big difference.

“At this stage it is far too early to worry about a return to a hosepipe ban but we still ask people to be careful.”

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9:51pm Sat 8 Jan 11

Dickiepayshey says...

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Water giant United Utilities said people must use water wisely.
A spokesman said: "We're encouraging everyone to help us save water - often really simple things can make a big difference and will help keep the taps flowing. ....unquote.


Yes, like stemming the flow of million gallons of water, from long-standing leaks in the system, that we pay you to repair !!!
Quote ........ Water giant United Utilities said people must use water wisely. A spokesman said: "We're encouraging everyone to help us save water - often really simple things can make a big difference and will help keep the taps flowing. ....unquote. Yes, like stemming the flow of million gallons of water, from long-standing leaks in the system, that we pay you to repair !!! Dickiepayshey
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10:17pm Sat 8 Jan 11

burner says...

Best stop the sprinkler on my lawn.
Best stop the sprinkler on my lawn. burner
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11:29pm Sat 8 Jan 11

anotherview says...

Why the bl***dy h***l dont they put in the pipes to bring water from elsewhere. We have loads of water in this country and even more in Scotland. Just too greedy to invest.
Why the bl***dy h***l dont they put in the pipes to bring water from elsewhere. We have loads of water in this country and even more in Scotland. Just too greedy to invest. anotherview
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10:16am Sun 9 Jan 11

Mikeee47 says...

Sadly this is what happens when we privatise National companys, its all about profits for the share holders and **** to the customer, same applies the the National Grid, what a joke, the French own that. We're Doomed!!
Sadly this is what happens when we privatise National companys, its all about profits for the share holders and **** to the customer, same applies the the National Grid, what a joke, the French own that. We're Doomed!! Mikeee47
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4:09pm Sun 9 Jan 11

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

UU are the pits of a company, Cries laughing at the crap that comes out of this so called utility.
UU are the pits of a company, Cries laughing at the crap that comes out of this so called utility. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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1:50pm Mon 10 Jan 11

A Darener says...

Dickiepayshey wrote:
Quote ........ Water giant United Utilities said people must use water wisely. A spokesman said: "We're encouraging everyone to help us save water - often really simple things can make a big difference and will help keep the taps flowing. ....unquote. Yes, like stemming the flow of million gallons of water, from long-standing leaks in the system, that we pay you to repair !!!
Don't know about the lakes quoted, but we spent the New Year on the side of Lake Windermere and it is full to overflowing, so I suspect all the other lakes are. As stated above it is the number of unattended leaks that is the problem. Unless somebody has pulled the plugs out of the reservoirs.
[quote][p][bold]Dickiepayshey[/bold] wrote: Quote ........ Water giant United Utilities said people must use water wisely. A spokesman said: "We're encouraging everyone to help us save water - often really simple things can make a big difference and will help keep the taps flowing. ....unquote. Yes, like stemming the flow of million gallons of water, from long-standing leaks in the system, that we pay you to repair !!![/p][/quote]Don't know about the lakes quoted, but we spent the New Year on the side of Lake Windermere and it is full to overflowing, so I suspect all the other lakes are. As stated above it is the number of unattended leaks that is the problem. Unless somebody has pulled the plugs out of the reservoirs. A Darener
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2:58pm Mon 10 Jan 11

Gaius Grossus says...

It snowed, then froze for ages, then snowed again and the thaw has not really unlocked the aquafers but if forecasts are correct for this week that should happen. So nil desperandum folks
It snowed, then froze for ages, then snowed again and the thaw has not really unlocked the aquafers but if forecasts are correct for this week that should happen. So nil desperandum folks Gaius Grossus
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7:00pm Wed 12 Jan 11

HappyChappie says...

Short of water, then do what they did in Ireland.......dilute it so it goes round further!!
Short of water, then do what they did in Ireland.......dilute it so it goes round further!! HappyChappie
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