In our area, most of our water comes from an aquifer – a natural underground reservoir where rain water is stored within chalk. In Hertfordshire, we use more water than almost anywhere else in the country - each person uses on average 152 litres of water per day compared to the national average of 140 litres.
Winter is usually a wet time of year and serves as a recharge period for aquifers and rivers. Without significant rainfall over the winter period, water levels can drop dangerously low which can lead to some rivers running dry.
Climate change and rising public demand for water put more and more stress onto our already stretched water systems. The Environment Agency has warned that unless we cut down our water usage drastically, we could end up with water shortages in as little as 25 years' time.