Official Statistics

Water situation report for England: November 2015

A monthly review of the water situation in England.

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Water situation report for England: November 2015

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Summary for November 2015

Rainfall totals for November were above average across England at 147% of the long term average (LTA), with north-east and north-west England experiencing exceptionally high rainfall totals for the time of year. As a result, soil moisture deficits decreased during November by up to 82mm across England.

Monthly mean river flows increased at all of the indicator sites. River flows were classed as normal at just over two-thirds of all sites, and the majority of sites in north-east and north-west England had notably high or exceptionally high river flows for November.

Groundwater levels increased at just over half of all indicator sites during November, with two-thirds of sites classed as normal at the end of November.

Reservoir stocks increased at more than three-quarters of the reported reservoirs and reservoir groups during November. Stocks were classed as normal or higher for the time of year at the majority of reported reservoirs and reservoir groups. Overall reservoir storage for England increased to 86% of total capacity.

Published 10 December 2015