The 2011-2012 'Drought Effect' thread.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 23:13
Here in the west, we have had a drizzly cushion to hide the effects throug the winter. However, the outlook still appears very dry, and coupled with the growing season starting, the sun now has enough power to suck up the moisture. What we really do not need this Spring, is a strong, anticyclonic, low dew-point easterly.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 16:13
River Avon at Evesham
Last updated 09:00 on 09/03/2012
The river level at Evesham is 0.52 metres.
This measurement was recorded at 09:00 on 09/03/2012.
The typical river level range for this location is between 0.46 metres and 1.90 metres.
The highest river level recorded at this location is 5.52 metres and the river level reached 5.52 metres on 21/07/2007.
Current level: 0.52m
Posted 09 March 2012 - 17:18
I see you still offer the 'belief' that you live in a place that is ALWAYS reported by you to buck the trend of ALL other areas nearby.......but as we know the reality is the opposite.
I've recorded only 100mm for the past 6 months.....very dry by any one standards and another week of no prospect of any real rain threat
Posted 10 March 2012 - 13:28
Similar here Andy, Teme is just 46cm deep.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 14:08
Canal level is where it should be, last year some naughty farmers (allegedly) abstracted water from the canal, such that the horse drawn barge (as seen on the front of the Countryfile Calender 2012) almsot had to cease operating through fear of grounding the barge on the bottom of the canal.
Further uphill, soil is now very workable.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:14
Similar here for the Evenlode.
I can't get a link to work for the text below, which is from the Oxford Mail 5 March
River Cherwell drying up in drought
The River Cherwell has become almost entirely dependent on sewage plants for water because of the drought sweeping the south of England.
And the upper parts of the River Ray, which rises from springs in the East Cotswolds, have already dried up.
Last night the Environment Agency (EA) confirmed reports that the Cherwell, which runs through North Oxfordshire to flow into the Thames in Oxford, was relying on “man-made” water to stop it from drying up. The news comes as the agency prepares to publish a ‘water prospects’ report which is expected to warn of a water supply crisis following two years of exceptionally low rainfall.
It is also expected to warn of the dire environmental consequences of the drought on wildlife.
Both little grebe and brown trout, which are particularly sensitive to water quality, are said to be under threat.
The agency also confirmed the Kennett in Wiltshire, the Wandle in south London, and the Ouse and Nene in East Anglia were dependent on man-made water but refused to release a further statement.
So called man-made water, which is heavily treated sewage works water, has to meet agency standards before it is released into rivers.
But its chemical make-up is significantly different to natural river water.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:25
Weir Wood is at 42% having managed to gain just 7% over the winter months. The situation is others is generally better though.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 14:44
It is also interesting to wonder now, what percentage of water in the Thames flowing through London, has passed through the alimentary canal of a human being. Or would that be taking the piss.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 15:59
Until he notices that the other side of the Southern Uplands lies one of the biggest reservoirs in Europe England doesn't need water from Scotland - we just need a way of moving it from Kielder to the SE. Which obviously is cheaper and easier.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 16:51
I presume you mean by flora, i.e. by growing plants as the season progresses - or am I missing something, e.g is it because of thirsty animals drinking water from the reservoirs?
Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:44
Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East are to enforce restrictions.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 15:29
Just out of interest PK what are your rainfall recordings for Watford thus far this year ? Sadly my AWS has proved to be unreliable in this respect.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 15:37
A HOSEPIPE ban will be put in place by Southern Water on April 5, affecting the majority of Sussex residents.Southern Water is one of seven utility companies that have announced restrictions, with the banning order stopping residents from washing cars and watering gardens.The country has experienced the driest 12 months since 1976 and the South East was declared officially in drought in late February. Bewl Water reservoir, which serves Kent and Sussex is just 42 per cent full, compared to its average of 88 per cent.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 19:04
Posted 12 March 2012 - 20:19
At a drought summit last month calls were made for better interconnectivity between water companies.
On Monday seven English water companies announced hosepipe bans from 5 April.
The companies said the water restrictions followed two unusually dry winters which have left reservoirs, aquifers and rivers below normal levels.
In June 2011 London Mayor Boris Johnson raised the idea of moving water supplies from Wales and Scotland to areas of shortage in the south and east of England.
Last month The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) said it wanted changes in approach to water management, including improved interconnectivity between water companies.
At the time the Welsh government said it had not been approached by the UK government for water to help ease the drought.
But it added that the people of Wales should receive proper value for "this vital resource".
However Mr Annett told BBC Wales: "Certainly from an engineering point of view it's probably possible, but the cost is truly prohibitive."
Mr Annett said the idea had been last considered seriously in 2006.
"In 2006 the estimate was it was 10 times more expensive than many of the other options and the environmental impact is truly enormous," he said.
"I would dearly like to be able to sell water to somebody else, make a big fat profit and pass that back to our customers in the form of lower bills.
"But water is a very heavy product. The cost rises very, very sharply once you start moving it."
Mr Annett said any large-scale transfer from Wales to other parts of the UK would involve lots of pumping.
"We all know what's happened to energy costs, so I suspect those companies and those regions that are short of water, will find other solutions to the current problem," he said.
In Wales water levels in most reservoirs and rivers are almost at full capacity.
Some reservoirs already supply the city of Birmingham and parts of Cheshire and Merseyside.
Alun Attwood, water resources manager of Environment Agency Wales, said the idea of whether there was enough water in Wales to support a national water grid, or large-scale transfers across the border, was something that needed to be considered in much more detail.
Mr Attwood said: "Our recent forecast suggests that because of the limited water available in Wales - and already some rivers are at their sustainable limit in terms of how much water can be taken from them without affecting the environment - it means that there might not be enough water to provide surplus water, or further water to England."