If planning permission is refused
Affinity Water will not restart abstraction unless nitrate concentrations decline naturally, and we will not be able to support the river from this source whilst nitrate levels are high.
Low river levels can have an adverse impact on the ecology and health of wildlife, including fish stocks and birds. For example, droughts in 2017 and 2019, when we were not abstracting from Oughton Head or able to support the river through augmentation, caused the River Oughton flow to run low.
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