This week, hydrologist and UYA member Niko Wanders appeared in the media several times to discuss the problems of drought and the declining level of underground water.
Despite the heavy rainfall this week, the shortage of underground water caused by last summer has not been restored yet. "The problem is mainly in the ground," Wanders says to Trouw, "The level of groundwater is too low, and nowhere close to being filled up." This is due to the major part of rainfall directly flowing into sewers and rivers. Due to the dryness of the ground, water will be washed off instead of retained by the ground. Only the prolonged rain in autumn can help the level of groundwater catch up, according to Wanders in RTV Utrecht.