Cam River crisis: Cambridge Water says current system is ‘unsustainable’

The water company responsible for the Cambridge area has admitted that the current system “isn’t sustainable in the long term”, given the increased pressures on water supply from new developments.

The Cambridge Water Company has responded to growing concerns from environmentalists, including Natural England chair Tony Juniper, that ecologically valuable chalk streams that feed the River Cam are under threat from low rainfall and increased abstraction. 

“There’s no imminent risk of anyone’s taps running dry,” said Pete Aspley, wholesale director at the company, “but we’re really conscious of the environmental impact associated with the abstraction of our water.”

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