Bewl reservoir recovers

Bewl reservoir in Kent in April: only two fifths full and the result of the driest ten months on record here since 1888 Credit: Reuters

Water levels at Bewl reservoir in Kent have doubled in just over two months. At the beginning of April the reservoir was 40% full, it is now 80% full.

Southern Water announced they were able to lift the hosepipe ban as recent "significant rainfall" has enabled the reservoir to begin to recover from drought.

Bewl reservoir in Kent today. Credit: ITV News

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