A quarter of rivers at risk as water is removed despite prospect of drought, official figures reveal

A quarter of rivers at risk as water is removed despite prospect of drought, official figures reveal

Nearly a quarter of all the rivers in England are at risk because of the vast amounts of water being removed for use by farms, businesses and people homes, according to a new report. Environment Agency figures obtained under freedom of information law by conservation charity WWF showed that 14 per cent of rivers were classed as over-abstracted – “meaning water removed is causing river to drop below levels required to sustain wildlife”.

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