Environment Agency applies for second drought order

The Environment Agency (EA) has called on DEFRA to grant it a six-month drought order to address a “serious deficiency of supply of water” near Bradford, caused by an exceptional shortage of rain.

The agency wants to see the compensation flows of Carr Bottom Reservoir to the Carr Beck near Burley in Wharfedale cut in half from 85,000 litres per day 43,000 litres per day.

The EA has already been granted a drought order by DEFRA in August to address “an exceptional shortage of rain” in Cheshire.

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