Water stocks 'better than average' in South East

Bewl Water in Lamberhurst, Kent
Image caption Bewl Water reservoir was at 99% capacity according to Southern Water

Above ground reservoirs in Kent and Sussex are full or nearly full, according to Southern Water.

The company said the water level at Powdermill, near Sedlescombe East Sussex, was at 100% capacity as was Weir Wood near East Grinstead.

Bewl Water in Lamberhurst, Kent, was at 99% and Darwell near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, was 94%.

Southern Water said the water levels meant the risk of a hosepipe ban this summer was unlikely.

Water strategy manager Meyrick Gough added: "We're nearing the end of our recharge season and our stocks have been refilled.

"From a resource perspective, we are in a better-than-average position, and do not envisage having to impose a hosepipe ban this summer."

Southern Water, which supplies Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said almost 335mm of rain had fallen between October and January, just below the long-term average of 344mm.

The last hosepipe ban was imposed in Kent, Sussex and the Isle of Wight in 2006.

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