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The process of taking water from rivers is known as abstraction. Here we show the abstraction points for 10 of the rivers in our region.
Water companies are licensed to abstract water from rivers by the Environment Agency, which monitors the process to make sure the effects are not damaging to the eco-system.
We abstract water from 10 rivers across our service area and use five surface reservoirs – Bewl Water, Weir Wood, Powdermill, Darwell and Testwood Lakes. The table below shows the amount of water we are licensed to abstract from local rivers:
|Licence to abstract|
|River||Licensed abstraction total (ml)*||Licensed time period|
|Teise||56,818||Oct–Sep (over a five-year period)|
|Great River Stour||3,360||Jan–Dec|
|Western Rother||Daily river abstraction of 75. Annual is combined with groundwater to total 37,375||Apr–Mar|
* ml = megalitres (one million litres)