No drought threat for region

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WATER levels in the region have been described as ‘relatively healthy’ by experts, despite predicted droughts in other areas.

Yorkshire Water is reassuring customers that resevoir levels are currently at 73.4 per cent capacity, despite a very dry year and lack of rainfall. A summer drought in 2012 is forecast for southern areas as far north as South Derbyshire.

According to the environment secretary Caroline Spelman drought will almost certainly hit parts of England next summer unless there is sustained rainfall this winter.

But Yorkshire Water said it had taken measures to balance resources.

They include taking water from sources other than resevoirs.

The company also praised customers for their water-saving work.

Water resources manager Ian Stevens said: “Considering the lack of rainfall, it’s fair to say that water resources in Yorkshire are relatively healthy, and we have no plans to introduce any water restrictions.

He added: “Customers continue to play a huge part in saving water and we’re urging them to keep up the good work and continue to use water wisely in order to ensure the region remains in the best possible position.”