Update from Affinity Water
Why are chalk streams important?
England is home to 85% of the world’s chalk streams, a unique eco-system, home to water voles, brown trout, and otters and because of their heritage should be viewed as the English Great Barrier Reef or rainforest.
However, chalk streams are at risk due to climate change, a growing population, historical river alterations, and the demand for water.
That’s why yesterday, on World Rivers Day we announced that we would voluntarily stop taking water, also known as 'abstraction', from two groundwater sites near the River Chess, a globally rare chalk stream in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We also announced that we will end all unsustainable abstraction from chalk groundwater sources.
This action strongly backs our ambition to help protect and revive these precious habitats that are under increased pressure from population growth and climate change. We will follow up this action across our supply areas, with similar switch-offs planned at sites near the River Ver and River Mimram in 2024.
This is just one crucial part of our mission to provide high-quality water and take care of our environment, now and for future generations.