Water level plunges at reservoir after record heatwave

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Burrator reservoir on Dartmoor is drying up, down to 44 per cent of its capacity. Locals believe the receding waters – at their lowest for decades – may again reveal the remains of a long-lost “drowned village”, said to have been submerged when the land was flooded to create a water supply for Plymouth in 1898.

South West Water officials said that Burrator was at 44.6 per cent capacity at the end of last month.

In July 2018 its water levels shrank to 48.5 per cent full and photos depicted the ruined remains of a sunken wall.

A South West Water spokesman said: “We closely monitor our reservoirs all year round to ensure we have enough water for all our customers and the region’s visitors as people come to enjoy the beautiful South-west over the summer months.”

The spokesman went on: “We are confident that we have sufficient water stored in our reservoirs but we always ask customers to think about their water usage to not just help save water but also to help keep bills down.”

There were similar scenes elsewhere, as a stretch of the River Glen in Lincolnshire dried up and water vanished from a park pond inWanstead, east London.

Temperatures hit a record 104.5F (40.3C) last month as severe weather warnings were issued.

Drought fears have intensified and forecasters do no expect any significant rainfall for weeks.

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