Lake Vyrnwy has reached its lowest level in years revealing the submerged village beneath.

The levels in the lake have taken a dramatic fall this summer – dropping by several metres. This is due to the unusually low rainfall over the last few months and intermittent extreme heat, such as last week’s heatwave as the temperature reached 30 degrees, both of which have lowered the water level in the lake dramatically.

According to Clive Williams, who paddle boards on the lake, he has “not seen the water this low since 1996.”

And during his recent visit, he was able to see part of the submerged village of Llanwddyn which have begun to re-emerge.

“I was paddle boarding near the tower and dam, visibly lower on the dam and tower," said Mr Williams

“Two weeks before I was avoiding a stone sticking out of the water, this week as the water was lower it turned out to be a stone fence post to an old house between the dam and boat house.”

Photos taken by Mr Williams reveal the levels in the lake have fallen substantially showing exposed stone structures of the village beginning to appear on the side of the lake as the water level continues to fall.

The village was covered in water when the River Vyrnwy was dammed in the 1880s to create the lake so that it could supply the city of Liverpool with fresh water.

The drop in levels has accelerated more noticeably after last week’s heatwave, exposing even more of the hidden structures.

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As the continued lack rainfall and hot weather affects water sources it has left many asking if there will be restrictions added such as a hosepipe bans.

A spokesperson for water services company Hafren Dyfrdwy, which operates in the north east and parts of mid Wales, said that such restrictions are not going to be put in place at this time.

They said: “There hasn’t been a hosepipe ban in our region for more than 20 years. We continue to monitor reservoir levels closely.”

“It is essential that people stay safe and hydrated and we’d like to thank all of our customers for their support in being mindful about non-essential water use as the hot weather continues.”

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