IT Farmer: 003 Autumn 2018

everyone to use water wisely to help protect the environment and prevent the need for further water restrictions." 'Share more water' The announcement follows news of Anglian Water putting in place an agreement to "share" more water with farmers on the River Nene to allow them to take extra water for their crops. The water company has just finalised an agreement with the Environment Agency, meaning they will take less water from the river to use for drinking water, which in turn July, around half the amount expected for this time of year, leaving local farmers hard hit, and facing parched crops and depleted yields this harvest time. Nick Walters, Ground and Surface Water Manager for Anglian Water said: “Agriculture makes up a huge part of our local economy and water is a vital part of supporting that. "We know local farmers are concerned about their crops this year, which is why we’re redirecting this precious resource to areas that need it most." will allow local farmers to use more water to irrigate their crops. 20 million litres of water a day – equivalent to the domestic use of 150,000 customers – will be available for local farmers to use from the south and east of Peterborough over to the north of Cambridge. The agreement is currently in place for the next two weeks and is the second arrangement of its kind for Anglian Water this year, with the first taking place earlier in July. Just 28mm of rain fell across the East of England during Farmer IT Autumn 2018 l 015

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