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Heavy rainfall leaves reservoirs brimming

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Heavy rainfall this spring has left Leicestershire's water supplies almost brimming at the edges, according to the utility firm Severn Trent Water. Resources of water in the region are "healthy" said the water supplier, following a wet May which saw rainfall at up 30 per cent on the average. Marcus O'Kane, water resources strategy manager, said: "We are confident that we're in a good position to provide our customers with a continuous supply of water throughout the summer and the rest of the year. "The Severn Trent region is supplied with a mixture of reservoir, groundwater and river water sources, all of which are in a healthy state with our reservoirs currently just under 93 per cent full on average." He said the situation meant a hose pipe ban was "unlikely", whatever the weather has in store for us over th e summer." He added: "Leakage in the region has also reached a record low this year and we have also hit our targets for driving down the level of leakage." Mercury weather man Dave Mutton recorded 88.5mm (3.48in), of rain in the county in May, 157 per cent of the average for the month. "I'm not surprised the reservoirs are well stocked," he said. "Rainfall for the first five months of the year is also well above average." He did, however, offer a note of caution . "April was very dry with just 19.9mm of rain and June, so far is below average. "Normally, in June we'd get 62.2mm (2.45 in) but I've hardly had an inch up until now." He added: "Mind you, it was June 28, last year, when we saw those super cells with massive hail storms across the county. "Fingers crossed it's not going to be anything like that again!" Severn Trent Water, meanwhile, would like to hear the views of customers on a newly published Water Resources Management Plan, setting out how it intends to secure water supplies in the region for the next 25 years. Mr O'Kane said: "The plan explains the challenges we face and the uncertainties we have to deal with when planning for the future. "It sets out the range of options open to us to ensure that we can meet the future demand for water, and it sets out our strategy, which includes demand management and leakage reduction, as well as new water resource development in the longer term. "We're interested to know what our customers think." To view the report and have your say visit: www.stwater.co.uk/wrmp

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