Reports of water shortages following sunniest May on record

There have been reports of water shortages across much of the GL12 area in the last 48 hours, with thousands of homes potentially affected. 

A spokesperson for Severn Trent Water told Gloucestershire Live: “We’d like to apologise to any customers in Gloucestershire who’ve been seeing some low pressure or even no supply at certain times of the day.

“The problems are being caused by the incredibly high levels of demand for water we’re seeing at the moment – with customers across the Midlands using hundreds of millions of litres more than they usually do.

“The issues tend to be short-lived, usually at times of peak demand, and we’ve ramped up production of treated water to record levels in response but we’d love it if everyone could ditch the sprinklers and the pressure washers to make sure there’s enough water for the great hygiene we all need at the moment, and for drinking and flushing toilets.”

The shortages come on the heels of one of the sunniest and driest springs since records began, with 626 hours of bright sunshine recorded for the UK.

According to data from the Met Office, England received just 17% of its normal May rainfall. 

When asked for a comment, Wotton Town Council said it requested people to act sensibly on water usage and abide by guidelines set by Severn Trent Water. 

It is understood that water pressure locally has improved today following levels being topped up by Severn Trent.