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Water-saving still essential to help rivers

Tuesday 19 June 2012

The Chilterns Conservation Board is urging residents in and around the Chilterns area to continue conserving water, despite the lifting of the hosepipe ban by Thames Water.

The long wet spell has only caused a slight re-charge to groundwater levels, which remain very low. This is of great concern in the Chilterns because local chalk rivers like the Chess, Misbourne, Ver and Gade are dependent on groundwater for their flows. Groundwater is also pumped out for domestic consumption, making the situation even worse for the rivers.

With the possibility of a third dry winter in a row this year, Thames Water is also urging customers to use water wisely. Richard Aylard, Sustainability Director at Thames Water, said:

"If you've bought a water butt, please keep using it. If you've started taking shorter showers, please keep it up."

Veolia Water Central which supplies customers in the eastern Chilterns has not lifted its hosepipe ban, as it obtains most of its water supplies from groundwater, which remains exceptionally low in places.

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