Permit granted to drain more water from the Nene
ANGLIAN Water has been given permission to take extra water out of the River Nene to top up its depleted reserves.
The permit, issued by the Environment Agency (EA), will allow the company to take the extra water from the river at Wansford until April of next year to help refill its Rutland water reservoir, which supplies households and businesses in Peterborough.
The reservoir is currently 62 per cent full, well below the level which would be expected for winter.
The permit means the Nene at Wansford can be drained to a minimum flow of 70 megalitres per day, as opposed to the previous cut-off point at 125 megalitres per day.
It follows a successful application to EA for a similar drought permit to cover the company’s Pitsford Reservoir in Northamptonshire.
Ciaran Nelson, a spokesman for Anglian Water, said: “It might seem unusual to be talking about drought in winter, but it’s only by taking action to store water now, in the wetter part of the year, that we can ensure we’ll have enough available in spring.”
A spokesman for the EA said the decision was made following careful assessment of environmental and public water supply needs.
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