Southern Water granted drought permit for stressed chalk stream

The Environment Agency (EA) has granted Southern Water a permit allowing it to continue to take water from the River Test in Hampshire, despite the chalk stream’s already low flows.

Southern Water said its “stringent licence conditions” meant that under normal circumstances it would have to stop taking water from the Test when flows drop to 335 million litres a day, but that the drought permit, issued last week, will enable it to continue taking water when the river runs below that level.

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