SEVERAL reservoirs serving Teignbridge have either reached capacity or are very close to doing so.

As of March 31, water levels sit at 98.6 per-cent of total capacity, a far cry from a few years ago when levels were such that South West Water (SWW) introduced a hose-pipe ban.

SWW data shows that its five largest reservoirs are either full or near enough, with Roadford, Wimbleball, Stithians and Burrator at 100 per-cent and Colliford at 97.8 per -cent.

Data from South West Lakes Trust shows that, as of March 17, the Kennick, Tottiford and Trenchford reservoir was full, as was Avon and Venford.

Drinking water in the South West is mainly taken out of rivers and SWW’s 23 reservoirs.

A number of these reservoirs are small, serving local catchments, and are supported by the three larger reservoirs, dubbed ‘strategic reservoirs’.

These strategic reservoirs are Colliford, Roadford and Wimbleball.