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Title: Measures to safeguard public water supplies : a second report to the Secretary of State for the Environment on the drought of 1995
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
This report has been prepared in response to a request from the Secretary of State for the Environment on the adequacy of the water companies plans and the measures they are taking to safeguard supplies for next summer. This request follows an exceptional summer and autumn drought which has left many reservoirs at unprecedented low levels in many Regions. In general, only limited storage recovery has taken place to date and the continued depletion of groundwater resources is now showing a similarity with the onset of the 1989-1992 groundwater drought. The NRA is the environmental regulator and is the licensing authority for water abstraction. It is also notified by water companies of all proposals to take additional water from rivers and underground sources and advises the Secretary of State on whether an appropriate balance is being taken between the need to conserve resources for the environment and the need to make additional water available for supplies. The NRA also undertakes routine monitoring of resources and is in an effective position to advise on the prospects for next summer and the water conservation measures which need to be taken.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1995
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: Water resourcesWater supplySustainable developmentDrought
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Extent: 47; + appendices
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