A picturesque reservoir has been reduced to dried, cracked mud and a splash of water after the prolonged dry spell. The Cod Beck reservoir near Osmotherley, North Yorkshire, can now be walked across, and water suppliers are urging people to use water sparingly.
Strengthening work by Yorkshire Water required some water to be drained from the man-made lake, but a lack of rain and hot weather saw water levels dwindle. As forecasters say the dry spell is set to continue, there are fears that the region is headed for a hosepipe ban.
The 1953 reservoir can hold 115 million gallons of water and is used as a “compensation reservoir”, meaning it is used to top-up water levels in nearby rivers.
But Yorkshire Water insist there is no need to panic. A spokesman said: 'Water in the reservoir has risen slightly since, but stocks are not quite back to normal.
'We would like to reassure customers that water resources are normal for this time of year with reservoirs across the region being 82 per cent full, however we have had a very dry few weeks.'
The water supplier however, is advising the public to use water sparingly as the dry weather continues.
MeteoGroup forecaster Andy Rathcliffe predicted high temperatures in North Yorkshire for the coming weeks, peaking at 16C with an April average of 11C . (DailyMail)