Tilshead Borehole Levels: 13th February 2022

It’s been an interesting week in the aquifer.  Water levels rose marginally last Monday and Tuesday, stayed static on Wednesday and Thursday, then fell slightly on Friday and Saturday.  That’s despite quite a bit of rain earlier in the week and again overnight on Friday and last night.  True to form, after a few days that rain seems to be working through the system and this morning the level had risen again; albeit by only a centimeter.

Graph showing water level rise tailing off and falling during the week.I think the weather today, largely wet and windy, is going to set the tone for the rest of the week.  The following weeks up until mid-March begin in a similar fashion, but things gradually become milder and drier.  Lots of bulbs are growing rapidly, as is the grass, so much of the rainfall will be taken up in supporting the new plant growth.  As happens every year, we are now in a battle between rainfall filling the aquifer and plants taking out water in order to grow.  The question is, when will the plants begin to dominate this year?  It all depends on the temperature.

Winterbourne Stoke Parish Council