At first glance it might look like a reservoir at the height of a long, hot summer.
But in actual fact this picture of a depleted Lindley Wood reservoir near Otley was taken in the last few days.
Large parts of the massive site have run dry, with just a few shallow pools offering a clue as to its normal state.
Yet residents fearing a return of the kind of problems they faced during Yorkshire’s great drought of the summer of 1995 were today told: “Don’t panic!”
Yorkshire Water says Lindley Wood is one of its ‘compensation’ reservoirs, which are used to maintain the flow of water to rivers rather than provide supplies to customers.
A spokeswoman for the firm told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “During periods of dry weather, it’s entirely normal for levels in this reservoir to fall and, while they are currently low, there is nothing to worry about.
“When customers see a reservoir looking low, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is anything to worry about.
“It could be because we’re carrying out essential improvements or moving the water to another area.
“We have a network of underground pipes which allows us to move water where it is most needed.”
Lindley Wood is part of the Washburn Valley group of reservoirs, which also includes sites called Thruss Cross, Fewston and Swinsty.
Yorkshire’s infamous drought of 1995 led to the threat of water rationing and standpipes being set up in the streets.
At one stage there was even talk of evacuating hospitals and old people’s homes in Bradford, one of the cities hit hardest by the crisis. Yorkshire Water also drew up a ‘cut-off rota’, under which some districts would have had supplies disconnected for 24 hours, then restored for 24 hours, then disconnected again. Hundreds of millions of pounds was subsequently spent on new pipelines capable of pumping water from well-stocked areas to any suffering shortages.