Bourne’s Wellhead pool runs dry for first time in years

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A POOL on the Wellhead in Bourne has run dry for the first time in years.

St Peter’s Pool, in the park off South Street, could be empty for weeks according to an expert.

The Wellhead is owned by Bourne United Charities, which employs independent environmental consultant Kevin Day.

Mr Day, who lives in Bourne, said the pool is filled with water by seven underground springs filtering from Derbyshire.

He said it did not matter how much rainfall there was in Bourne, it was the rain in Derbyshire which mattered.

Mr Day said: “It was dry in Derbyshire at the beginning of the year, which has affected the pool now.

“You have to look at the rainfall in January to April time to anticipate what levels the pool will be at at this time of year.

“It has been completely empty now for about three weeks and it will take a while to fill back up.

“It does look a bit odd but it is just one of those things. It’s not a cause for concern and it should be full again by the end of October.”

He said no wildlife in the pool was affected by the lack of water as there are no fish living there and ducks and eels can survive on land then find a new water supply.

Mr Day said he remembered the pool being empty for a short time at the beginning of the 1990s.

He added: “It was also dry back in 1976 but I don’t think it was as dry for as long.”

Chairman of Bourne United Charities Trevor Hollinshead, said the pool was the driest he had seen it in the 40 years he has lived in the town.

He said: “I can’t remember it being this empty. It does look quite unusual and quite a few people have mentioned it to me.”

Anglian Water pumps water from the aquifers below the town, including the Bourne Eau which runs alongside South Street and feeds into St Peter’s Pool.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “The drying up of St Peter’s Pool is not related to our water abstraction. Instead, it is likely to be a natural phenomenon.

“Groundwater levels will typically be low at this time of the year and will be lower this year due to the cold, dry winter and exceptionally dry spring.

“The water we borrow from the environment comes from a mixture of rivers and boreholes. In Bourne, the groundwater from our boreholes is taken out of naturally occurring underground stores some 40 metres beneath the surface.

“We constantly monitor all our water sources to ensure they are used in a sustainable way.”