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Changing two abstraction licences in Kent to allow us to take more groundwater from an aquifer in Medway and more water from the River Medway during the winter, when flows are at their highest.
6.6 million litres of water each day
2015 on the River Medway and 2016 for the groundwater source
River Medway and Danaway in Kent.
The Environment Agency issues licences which set out how much water we can abstract from underground aquifers and rivers and how often. We want to update our licences for two Kent water sources to allow us to make the most of the water available.
We currently abstract water from the River Medway for daily supplies and to help fill Bewl Water reservoir for use at a later date. We want to agree a change to this licence with the Environment Agency so we can abstract more water from the river during the winter, when flows are high, and less in the summer, when flows are at their lowest. Overall, we will not take more water from the river – just use the allowance more efficiently.
We would also like to change our abstraction licence at a groundwater source in Danaway in Medway to allow us to take more water from the aquifer, which has the capacity without any impact on the environment.