Water Abstraction:Written question - 6068

Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 19 July 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Water Abstraction
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on preventing incidences of rivers drying up as a result of unsustainable water abstraction.
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 September 2017

Since 2008 the Environment Agency has made changes to over 270 abstraction licences to prevent over 27 billion litres of water per year being removed from the environment. This is enough water to supply half a million people, with water for one year.

The government is updating its plan for managing abstraction and will publish in due course.

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