HEAVY RAIN throughout April and the early part of May have led to the Environment Agency removing Derbyshire’s drought status, it has been announced today.
The wettest April on record and persistent rain in May have significantly increased river and reservoir levels, reducing pressure on the environment and public water supplies in some parts of England.
As a result, the Environment Agency (EA) have now removed the drought status for 19 parts of the country including Derbyshire. However, the EA have stressed that groundwater supplies remain low across the country.
Dr Paul Leinster, Environment Agency Chief Executive, said: “Water resources across England and Wales are kept constantly under review.
“The recent record rainfall has eased pressure on water resources in some parts of England, helping levels in rivers and reservoirs to recover and providing relief to farmers, gardeners and wildlife.
“The Environment Agency will continue to keep a close eye on the situation.
“Low groundwater levels remain a concern across many parts of England, with many still at a similar level to those in 1976 and unlikely to return to normal levels before the winter. A return to a long period of dry weather would increase the risk again.”