Dam right we have plenty of water

Howden Reservoir overflowing.
Howden Reservoir overflowing.

People in drought-hit parts of the country are bracing themselves for hose pipe bans - but reservoirs serving Sheffield aren’t just full...they’re overflowing.

And that has come as something of a surprise to visitors to Derwent Valley hoping to catch a rare glimpse of the submerged village, normally kept well below the water-line.

Derwent Reservoir overflowing.

Derwent Reservoir overflowing.

John Hesketh, of Crookes, Sheffield, popped up to Derwent Valley with his camera hoping to see remains of the buildings poking above the surface.

But he returned home a little disappointed - after finding very healthy water levels in all three reservoirs.

John said: “I thought I’d use much publicised ‘drought conditions’ to take a closer look at remains of Derwent village buildings.

“But all three reservoirs - Ladybower, Derwent and Howden - are full to the brim. Well, fuller than that - overflowing, to be accurate.

“There was no chance of seeing any remains of buildings, which are all seriously under water today.

“However there are spectacular visuals of water cascading down the two old dam walls.”

South Yorkshire has been placed on the Environment Agency’s list of areas at high risk of drought this spring and summer.

But Yorkshire Water today confirmed ‘it does not anticipate any restrictions in the near future’.

Miranda Foster, senior hydrologist at Yorkshire Water, said: “We’re confident that due to the winter rainfall our reservoir stocks are at a very healthy level for this time of year.

“We constantly monitor rainfall, reservoirs and underground sources to manage demand and ensure our customers continue to receive an excellent supply.”

And Severn Trent also confirmed the company was ‘not currently predicting any usage restrictions’.

A spokesman said: “This situation remains underreview however and the company is taking steps to improve supply resilience this year.”

The position has been helped by a decline in consumption over the year as households try to cut bills and firms go out of business or cut production.

Severn Trent is also meeting targets for tackling leaks as one of three companies required to cut leakage during the water regulator’s five-year review.

The company said moves to tackle the dry conditions have included the transfer of supplies from the wetter west of its region to lower reservoirs in the east.