Speaking in an interview with Saturday’s edition of the daily ‘Het Nieuwsblad’ the Royal Metrological Institute’s David Dehenauw said that even in record year’s no more than 172 l/m² of precipitation fell during December which means that the shortfall built up during the year will never be made good.
The shortfall is particularly problematical with regard to ground water levels. 8 out of 10 groundwater measuring points show groundwater levels that are already extremely low. Around half of our drinking water comes from ground water. Consequently it is important that there is a lot of rain over the next few months if water supply issues are to be averted during the summer of 2019.
Farmers and industry also often use groundwater
"In the past we have never gone into the summer with levels that were seriously behind, this is a completely new situation. It is certain something were need to monitor closely” a Flemish Environment Agency Spokesperson told the press agency Belga.