Rainy start to May aids our water levels

Pictures showing water levels in upper reaches of Baitings Dam, near Ripponden
Pictures showing water levels in upper reaches of Baitings Dam, near Ripponden
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MAY showers have followed the driest April on record but there are no plans to introduce water restrictions in Calderdale.

The district’s reservoirs are 79 per cent full – normal for this time of year despite several weeks without rain.

Yorkshire Water said the area was fortunate in having a unique grid system which allows supplies to be moved around to where needed.

“In Yorkshire, we don’t just rely on reservoir stocks, we take water from a number of sources including groundwater and rivers – unlike some other parts of the UK,” said spokeswoman Aimee Laycock.

“We also balance resources carefully using a unique grid system which enables us to move water around.”

Investment in the Yorkshire Supply Grid followed droughts in the mid-1990s.

A network of underground pipes gives flexibility to help areas experiencing low rainfall - but it is only effective if the network has water to move around.

Yorkshire Water said customers should always try to conserve water. Help is available through www.yorkshirewater.com/savewater.

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