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Water company plays down drought fears

Water company plays down drought fears

Published at 6:00am 9th May 2017. (Updated at 6:46am 9th May 2017)

Yorkshire Water says there is "no cause for concern" over supplies.

The company is reassuring customers after a relatively dry winter and spring, which means that some reservoir levels are lower than expected at this time of year.

A lack of rainfall in many parts of the UK has prompted fears of a drought.

Neil Dewis, Head of Water Production for Yorkshire Water, said: "No matter what the weather, we always ask our customers to use water wisely and not waste water. This is a year-round message for our customers, as water will always be a precious and limited resource.

"We get drinking water from reservoirs, rivers and underground aquifers - known as groundwater - so we'll be keeping an eye on all of these sources.

"We have put significant investment into our network, so we can move water around the region if that's necessary, and we always manage the water that's available on a day-by-day basis.

"We will continue to monitor water levels closely and together with the Environment Agency, other water companies, businesses and farmers, we'll work to minimise any potential impacts to people and the environment should the dry weather continue."