Dry winter leads to ban on new water abstractions in four catchments

The Environment Agency will not approve any new applications to take water from sections of four river catchments in the south east of England, according to agency documents.

Following the hot summer and dry winter, no new abstraction licences will be granted in swathes of the Colne and Upper Lee valleys, from stretches of rivers in north London and from parts of the combined Roding, Beam, Ingrebourne and Mardyke area, according to updates to the Environment Agency’s abstraction licensing strategies, made last week.  

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