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Dry spell leaves Keighley river levels well below average
9:00am Thursday 8th August 2013 in Keighley
River levels across Keighley district are well below normal after the hottest and driest July for years, new figures reveal.
Environment Agency (EA) data recorded this week shows the River Aire at Cononley to be at just 0.08 metres. Typically, the river level there is up to 1.06 metres.
The current figure is 0.66 metres at Kildwick, compared to the average of between 0.19 and 1.45.
And the River Worth in Keighley is a tiny fraction above its minimum level, at 0.27 metres. Usually it is up to a metre.
But the EA said recent rainfall had started to push levels back up.
And Yorkshire Water said despite high demand on its supplies during the heatwave, there was no plan for any hosepipe ban.
A spokesman added: “The stocks we have are enough to keep us going. We did promise people there wasn’t going to be a hosepipe ban this year.
“We will monitor the levels very closely. The river levels are down and the reservoirs are down slightly as well, but I imagine the rain we’re getting this week will top that up slightly.”
The company is, however, reminding people to be careful about how much water they use.
Visit yorkshirewater.com/save water for tips on conserving supplies and free water-saving gadgets.
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