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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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Public Meeting over Sewage Concerns

Oct 9, 2016

Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

An RCA visit to Chesham Sewage Treatment Works

Above: RCA representatives on an earlier visit to Chesham Sewage Treatment Works

We are holding a public meeting on the 3rd November at Chesham Town Hall (HP5 1DS) at 6.30pm to hear how Thames Water plan to prevent further sewage pollution of the river. You can download the agenda here (PDF, 22 KB). This meeting was originally intended as an update on their work to reduce pollution following the 4 months in 2014 when sewage was continuously pumped into the River Chess from Chesham Sewage Treatment Works.

We were very pleased that it had been over 18 months since the last sewage pollution incident from the Chesham works. However, following the heavy rain of 16th September, the sewage works became overwhelmed once again, and sewage was discharged into the Chess for nearly 11 hours on that day. You can read more about that here.

We are deeply concerned that these incidents continue to occur. We want to hear from Thames Water how they intend to meet increased pressure that will be placed on the Chesham Sewage Treatment Works in light of future building in Chesham. We also want to know how the company intends to improve the quality of the effluent that enters the river.

Clearly there is plenty to be addressed at this meeting. We would encourage anyone with an interest in the river to attend. For any futher information please contact