Golf courses abstracting billions of litres of water

Billions of litres of water are being removed from rivers and aquifers by golf companies each year, ENDS’ analysis of abstraction licences has revealed.

Environment Agency (EA) data obtained via a Freedom of Information request  shows that despite the squeeze on water resources, the Environment Agency is permitting organisations to abstract 13.26 billion litres of water every year just to keep golf courses green.

The river Avon catchment in Warwickshire is affected the most, with 1.52 billion litres of water licensed to be taken out of its water bodies by golf courses. 

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