Water situation report for England: December 2016
A monthly review of the water situation in England.
Summary for December
December rainfall totals were well below the long term average for England at only 44%. Modest soil moisture deficits remain across England, and soils in east and south-east England are slightly drier than average.
River flows decreased at the majority of indicator sites and are normal or lower for the time of year across England.
Groundwater levels at half of the sites are normal or higher and the remaining sites are below normal or notably low.
Reservoir stocks are normal for the time of year at one-third of reported reservoirs. Overall stocks for England increased marginally compared to the end of November and are at 81% of total capacity.