Official Statistics

Water situation report for England: August 2014

A monthly review of the water situation in England.

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Monthly water situation report: August 2014

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Summary for August 2014

It was the wettest August for 10 years across England with 157% of the long term average rainfall recorded.

Rainfall totals were classed as notably high for the time of year in the east and southeast, and above normal elsewhere. With the wetter conditions, soil moisture deficits generally decreased through August.

Monthly mean river flows for August were normal for the time of year at half of our indicator sites and above normal or higher at the other half. Groundwater levels decreased at all but two of our indicator sites, but remain normal or higher for the time of year at all sites.

Reservoir stocks mostly decreased across the country during August, with overall storage in England at 81% of total capacity at the end of the month.

Published 10 September 2014