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Anglian Water to share resources with the local farmers

Anglian Water will be sharing its allocated water resources from the River Nene with nearby farmers to enable them to take extra water for their crops, as recent dry weather continues.

Farmers will be allowed to take water from the River Nene. (11791831)
Farmers will be allowed to take water from the River Nene. (11791831)

In the coming weeks, the water company will reduce abstraction from the river to allow downstream irrigators to take more water. Anglian will then make that water up when there are additional flows in the river.

The water company is in the process of finalising an agreement with the Environment Agency and local drainage boards meaning they will take less water from the river to use for drinking water, which in turn will allow local farmers to use more water to irrigate their crops. The exchange was first trialled after last year's summer heat wave, with great success.

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