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Friday 04 January 2013 Updated: 07/01 09:12

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LESS than a year ago central England was in the midst of a drought after the driest 18-month period for a century.

Reservoirs serving the area were at record lows, rivers were drying up and ground water was dwindling, meaning all sources of water for Severn Trent were in worryingly short supply.

Fast forward ten months through one of the wettest springs, summers and autumns on record and all is well in the world of water again.

At Draycote Water near Rugby, which supplies most of this region, water levels were down to 49 per cent this time last year, but a bumper wet season has seen levels restored to 95 per cent - much to the delight of water bosses.

Other reservoirs in Leicestershire which supply the region were even lower than Draycote - Cropston at 38 per cent and Swidland at just 28 per cent - but they are now at 99 and 100 per cent respectively.

These record highs are not just down to the non-stop rain in 2012, but also to Severn Trent reducing leakages to the lowest levels ever, and householders who have heeded appeals not to waste water.

The water supplier has also has the ability to take water from rivers and pump it into reservoirs when the river is high. And it has the power to turn off a reservoir supply and switch to ground water or river supply and even pump water from wet areas to those in drought.

But just because the drought is over Severn Trent is urging people to continue to conserve water .

Simple water-saving measures urged by the water companies during the drought should be continued to protect against future droughts. They include not leaving taps running, installing water butts to collect rainwater for garden use and thinking carefully about water actually needed.

David Essex, water strategy manager for Severn Trent is positive about the year ahead.

He said: "Our reservoirs are at an average of 94 per cent full and our groundwater sources are recharging nicely.

"Our plans are in place and we are confident that we are in a good position to provide our customers with a continuous supply of water throughout the coming year.

“But we would still ask our customers to be sensible with the amount of water they use.

"You never know when the next drought might be and getting into good habits now will help everyone in the future."

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