Most of England and Wales water stressed, finds Agency

Only a third of catchments in England and Wales have water available for abstraction at all times of year, a review of water resources by the Environment Agency has revealed

The report summarises the 119 Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies (CAMS) the Agency completed last year. It shows that 15% of catchments are already over-abstracted, causing damage to the environment at times of low flow.

A further 18% of catchments are over-licensed. If existing licences were used to their full allocation they could cause “unacceptable environmental damage”, the Agency says.

Further licensing is impossible

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