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Jul 6, 2018
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

With this hot weather our water use goes up; this leaves less water available for the Chess.

May 3, 2018
Category: Abstraction
Posted by: Kathryn

With an ever-growing demand for drinking water and increasingly extreme weather events, how do we get the water we need without causing even more harm to our rivers?

May 2, 2018
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

Our riverfly monitors are back out in the centre of Chesham checking for life in the Chess now that flow has returned.

Mar 24, 2018
Category: HS2
Posted by: Kathryn

A public meeting with HS2 and the Environment Agency looked at the risks posed by tunnelling to the groundwater and rivers of the Chess and Misbourne Valleys.

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Water White Paper: Our Response

Jul 9, 2012

Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

The Water White Paper 'lacks ambition and urgency' says the Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. This is the reaction of MPs to the Government's recently published Water White Paper. Rapid steps are needed to tackle the environmental damage caused by the over-abstraction of water, and to set more ambitious targets to install water meters in households.

Universal metering could save about 16% of household demand, at present about 40% of domestic customers across England and Wales are metered. We support a Government initiative to move towards universal metering. A target of 80% metering by 2020 must be achieved or we will face increasing environmental damage to our rivers. As we know the combination of extended periods of dry weather and over-abstraction can have a devastating effect on our rivers. Our own River Chess has been dry in Chesham for more than a year.

We also encourage Government to look at immediately reducing water company abstraction licences in the Chilterns. Only through this action will we see long term improvements to flow rates in the River Chess.

We all have an obligation to find ways of being more efficient in our use of water which has already become a scarce and precious resource. Reducing water demand in the Chilterns will help but this must be directly linked to reduced abstraction.