Water situation report for England: February 2017
A monthly review of the water situation in England.
Summary for February
Across England as a whole, February rainfall totals were slightly above the 1961 to 1990 long term average (LTA) for February at 107% (103% of the 1981 to 2010 LTA). Rainfall totals were classed as normal or higher for the time of year across all hydrological areas.
Soils remained saturated across most of England with soil moisture deficits at the end of February at or close to zero.
Monthly mean river flows for February increased at all indicator sites across England compared with January, and the majority were classed as normal for the time of year.
Groundwater levels increased at the majority of indicator sites during February. Given the late onset of recharge, end of month levels were normal or lower for the time of year at the majority of sites.
Reservoir stocks increased at all but one of the reported reservoirs or reservoir groups, with end of month stocks normal or higher for the time of year at half of the sites. Overall reservoir storage for England increased to 91% of total capacity.