Despite having well over double the average rainfall during April — only four dry days were measured in Marlborough — the River Kennet is still only half its average flow for this time of year.
And although drought orders have been lifted in various parts of the country, the hosepipe ban is likely to continue to Christmas in the Marlborough area.
“The cold wet weather has provided a welcome respite for the beleaguered river, but is not enough to get us out of drought yet,” Charlotte Hitchmough, director of ARK, the River Kennet action group, told Marlborough News Online.
“The groundwater level is rising, and the springs at Avebury and up in the Winterbournes are now flowing, which is great news – however groundwater levels are still well below normal for the time of year.”
“Effectively, we have had below average rainfall of almost two years, so one or two months of above average rain is not enough to get us out of trouble. But it has made a really positive difference.”
And she added: “The hosepipe ban is likely to stay in place until Christmas, but the rain has moved us further away from other restrictions like water rationing or restrictions on business use, so it’s very good news.”
Everyone can help further, she pointed out, by getting a FREE water saving makeover for their home. So far, Barton Park is topping the tables with the most homes in Marlborough signed up to save water as part of the Care for the Kennet
1. You call 0800 358 6665 or email C4K@riverkennet.com
2. A trained fitter from Climate Energy comes to your house at a time to suit you, and in 20 minutes fits free gadgets to help you use less water and more is left in the river.
3. As well as those good things, you save money by using less water if you are on a meter, and you save energy by using less hot water.
Thames Water is sponsoring a prize to the school which signs up the most home makeovers, so you can nominate the school of your choice to win.