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Drought period – The banks of Bewl Water this week

The largest reservoir in the South East, Bewl Water in Lamberhurst, which normally holds over 31 billion liters of water and supplies both Southern Water and South East Water customers, has just 64% capacity. .

Kent and Sussex water supplier South East Water (SEW) stores around 70% of its water as groundwater but still relies on reservoirs such as Bewl.

As seen in the striking image on the front page of this week’s issue TimeBewl Water is currently at levels well below the average of around 80% infill for this time of year.

Andrew Daniells, director of Bewl Water, told the Time that even though the water levels are lower than normal, it has not affected the tourist attractions of the beauty spot.

He said: ‘Although the water level at Bewl Water Reservoir is currently at 60%, this has not affected the water activities enjoyed by our many visitors.

“Once the water level reaches around 45%, we will need to extend the slipways so that our sailors can continue to launch their dinghies, but I don’t foresee needing to do this before the end of September at the earliest.

“There is however a real danger of deep mud along the water’s edge, exposed as the water level in the reservoir drops, so I would ask all visitors to stay on the trails and not attempt to shorten dry creeks and inlets.

Other reservoirs like Arlington near Eastbourne and Ardingly, east of Crowborough, store up to 8.3 billion liters of water and supply 8% of SEW’s water.

As of August 1, Ardingly was at 46.3% and Arlington at 60.6% capacity.

Bewl Water Reservoir near Lamberhurst pictured in May 2021 (below) and last week (above)


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