fresh water going out to sea

In our particular case, there is naturally arising fresh water going out through a sluice in a sea wall.  I am sure there are many other cases round the country where water is either flowing naturally at low tide times or being pumped into saline rivers.

It must be sensible that a significant amount of this water should be pumped back inland up the hill and put on the land.  Once the water passes out into a saline area it is no longer useable for drinking or irrigation. 


Why the contribution is important

Surely to 'make every drop count', this water should be recycled as a priority activity.

by alister on September 11, 2014 at 06:07PM

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  • Posted by EdwardG September 12, 2014 at 10:53

    There are many places around the coast where water is abstracted which would otherwise flow naturally or be pumped out to sea.
    In setting low flow controls, this is a factor that should be taken into account. Even at low levels this is freshwater that is destined to be lost to the sea, so the constraints on its use should be less.
  • Posted by KeithWeatherhead October 01, 2014 at 15:23

    Abstraction charges and HoFs should both reflect the point at which water is abstracted. Taking water at the top of a catchment has environmental impacts along the whole river, and should carry the highest charges and restrictions, whereas taking water that would otherwise run to sea (assuming no environmental issues in the estuary) should be encouraged. The abstraction charges and low flow restrictions should progressively reduce down the river system.
  • Posted by WNE October 06, 2014 at 17:15

    come on - this is essential, either for localized reservoir collection and use at the lower parts of the land, or for aquifer replenishment, or for greater abstraction up stream and top up pumping down stream. IDB and EA pumping direct to sea can not make sense. enhanced capital allowances for reservoir creation are needed again.
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