United Utilities applies for new drought permit

United Utilities has applied to the Environment Agency for a new drought permit in response to “the threat of a serious water shortage” in the area served by its Longdendale chain of reservoirs. The application followed “an exceptional shortage of rain.”​

United Utilities said the drought permit is intended to apply for six months, to enable the company to reduce the compensation flow from 45.5 Ml/d to 22.5 Ml/d from its Bottoms Lodge Reservoir to the River Etherow. The permit would increase the amount of water being retained in in the reservoir. and “expedite a return to normal water levels” in it. United Utilities applies for new drought permit