6. Restoring sustainable river flows

Aims: Improve wildlife corridors; Manage flow

Water body: River Ver
Project description

The River Ver suffers from low flows as a consequence of overabstraction for public water supply. Affinity Water plan to reduce abstraction in the Ver catchment to restore river flows.

As part of its Water Resources Management Plan, Affinity Water have set out an ambitious strategy of abstraction reduction across the Chilterns and Hertfordshire area in the next 25 years  These reductions are being carried out to help improve flows in the areas' highly pressured chalk streams.  Affinity Water plan to reduce peak abstraction in the Ver Valley by 5.8 milllion litres per day in 2016 and by a further 8.8 million litres per day average abstraction by 2024 .  In tandem with these reductions, Affinity also plan to carry out a series of habitat restoration projects to help improve the condition fo the river.

Project lead: Affinity Water
Project partners: Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, Environment Agency, Ver Valley Society
Contact for more information: Ellie Powers
Project start: 2016
Project end: 2025
Funding source:

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.