The initial prospects for irrigation in spring/summer 2018 have been published by the Environment Agency. Prospects are defined by region as ‘Good’, ‘Moderate’ or ‘Poor’ based on rainfall scenarios and current levels in rivers and groundwater. Prospects are ‘Moderate’ for most eastern and southern regions, while Yorkshire, West Midlands and Thames reported ‘Good’ prospects. ‘Moderate’ assessment means that some controls on surface water abstraction are possible if the summer is hot and dry, groundwater abstraction controls possible on some sensitive areas.
Detailed information for the regions is included in this document.
The prospects will be updated later in Spring using up-to-date rainfall measurements and likely scenario projections.
Don’t forget, the Countryside Productivity Scheme can be used for grants to improve farm productivity through more efficient use of water for irrigation, and to secure water supplies for crop irrigation by the construction of on-farm reservoirs. The deadline has been extended until 29 June 2018.