Water situation report for England: October 2016
A monthly review of the water situation in England.
Summary for October
October rainfall totals were well below average across England at 52% of the long term average. Soil moisture deficits decreased across north-east, east and south England but remained larger than average across much of the country at the end of October.
River flows decreased at more than three-quarters of indicator sites and were normal or below normal for the time of year at the majority of sites.
Groundwater levels decreased at all indicator sites during October but remained within the normal range or higher for the time of year at the majority of sites.
Reservoir stocks decreased at nearly all reported reservoirs and reservoir groups during October but remained normal for the time of year at nearly three-quarters of sites. Overall stocks for England decreased to 76% of total capacity.