Drought in Worthing to continue despite recent rain

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DESPITE the April showers, water restrictions in Worthing will stay in place throughout the summer, and probably into the winter.

Southern Water said that while the recent rain has been welcomed, it is not enough to replenish reservoirs, rivers and underground aquifers.

Rainfall during the last two winters has been the lowest recorded for the last 100 years for consecutive winters, and 11 out of the last 18 months have had below-average rainfall.

Water quality and strategy manager, Meyrick Gough, said: “Although good for the garden, the spring showers will not replenish our water stocks to levels we would like.

“Our resources remain well below average, and we’d need a considerable amount of rain over a long period of time before they could return to normal levels.

“We’d particularly welcome a wet autumn and winter as rainfall during that period is the most effective at filling up reservoirs and underground sources, ready for use through the summer.

“This period, from October to March, known as our recharge season, is key.”

Southern Water introduced water restrictions, including hosepipe and sprinkler bans, for its customers in Kent and Sussex on April 5.

This is expected to reduce demand by five per cent and will help safeguard supplies for the summer.

However, further restrictions cannot be ruled out.

Mr Gough added: “We are monitoring the rainfall and water resource situation closely. We will keep customers regularly updated on the situation and thank them for their support so far.”