THE stormy weather which has lashed Huddersfield has brought misery for many.
But it has certainly brought a smile to the faces of water bosses.
The rain has massively boosted the region’s reservoirs, which have risen on average by 18.8% since the end of November.
And it means that reservoirs like Scammonden are now standing at 96.6% full.
The region had experienced a very dry spring, summer and autumn, with only 406mm of rain falling between March and October, against a long term average of 503mm.
But the heavy rain of recent weeks has seen an extra 27,564 million litres of water fall into the reservoirs.
That’s the equivalent amount of water to 11,025 Olympic swimming pools.
Yorkshire Water does not rely just on reservoir stocks, but also takes water from a number of other sources including rivers and underground aquifers.
Simon Womersley, water resources modeller at Yorkshire Water, said: “Without a doubt the high levels of rainfall we’ve received in most areas over the last month have played a huge part in helping to fill reservoirs and ensure levels are very healthy for this time of year.
“As ever, customers continue to play a huge part in saving water, and we’re reiterating our year-round message to them to keep up the good work and continue to use water wisely in order to ensure the region remains in the best possible position”.