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Sep 19, 2019
Category: HS2
Posted by: Kathryn

With HS2 under review, please contact your MP if you have concerns about this project and its impact on our local rivers.

Jul 18, 2019
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

Please write to your MP before the 22nd July to encourage them to attend the House of Commons debate on the plight of chalk streams.

Jun 19, 2019
Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

We are part of a new project to make data available to the public on the impacts of pollution on the River Chess.

Jun 7, 2019
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

River groups call for water restrictions now as drought conditions threaten southern chalk streams.

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Reduced Risk of Sewage for the Chess

Apr 25, 2012

Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

In recent years Thames Water, who manage the Chesham Sewage Treatment works, have been struggling with a system with insufficient storage capacity resulting in untreated sewage being introduced into the River Chess usually during times of sudden, heavy rainfall.

RCA members and Thames Water staff at Chesham Sewage Treatment Works

RCA members with Thames Water staff on a visit to Chesham Sewage Treatment Works in 2011

Since 2009, the River Chess Association (RCA) has worked with Thames Water to reduce the number of sewage discharges from the Sewage Works into the river. Over this period we have developed a positive working relationship with Thames Water. Thames Water has now just completed the expansion of the storm water overflow storage, doubling capacity at Chesham, which will greatly reduce the chances of future discharges. We will continue to work with Thames Water on water quality issues and build on this strong partnership. We commend its staff for their efforts in this process.

RCA Chairman, Paul Jennings said, "This development is particularly important at a time when the Chess is suffering from very low flows due to a shortage of water in the subsurface chalk aquifer. At these times the river is less able to dilute pollution events. We are very pleased with the way Thames Water has reacted to this problem."