Per­mit granted to drain more water from the Nene

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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.

Guilty: Karl Kee­shan, who was banned from driv­ing for 16 months.

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