HC Deb 04 April 1989 vol 150 cc140-1W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the present levels of water reserves in the Severn-Trent water authority; have they applied for any drought orders; what are the risks of drought conditions arising during the coming months of 1989; and if he will list by location and area division the areas most susceptible to drought conditions.

Mr. Moynihan

Reservoir storage levels are now generally satisfactory throughout the Severn-Trent water authority area. Groundwater resources are also adequate except for some spring sources in Gloucestershire. The authority has not applied for any drought orders and foresees no difficulty in meeting demand unless a dry summer occurs. In that event, the east midlands will continue to be vulnerable pending completion of Carsington reservoir due in 1933. Water supplies in limited areas of Gloucestershire could also be affected by drought conditions this summer.