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Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL1039, tabled on 16 June 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reservoir capacity in (1) England, and (2) each of the nations of the UK, as part of their plan to avert water shortages (a) this summer, and (b) in the years ahead.

Answered on

1 July 2022

The Environment Agency monitors water levels across England. At the end of May, across the regions of England, reservoir water levels ranged from 78% of total capacity in north-west England to 94% in east England. Reservoir levels for England were at 85% of total capacity. Most reservoirs are in a normal position for the time of year.

The Environment Agency’s National Framework for Water Resources, published in March 2020, sets out the strategic water needs for England, and all its regions and sectors, up to 2050 and beyond. The Framework sets out how we will reduce demand, halve leakage rates, develop new supply infrastructure such as reservoirs, move water to where it is needed, increase drought resilience of water supplies and reduce the need for drought measures that can harm the environment. In the autumn, water companies will publish their statutory draft water resources management plans that will outline how they will manage their water supplies in the future.

Water policy is a devolved matter.