Campaigns Introduction

ARK campaigns to raise the profile of the river Kennet and its tributaries in planning and funding decisions which affect the quality and water quantity and wildlife in the river.

We succesfully campaigned to reduce abstraction and export of water from the Kennet Valley to Swindon. Thames Water have invested 30 million pounds in a new pipeline which will protect the River Kennet by providing and alternative source of water for Swindon during low flow conditions. We continue to press for improvements to leave more water in the river for wildlife.

ARK are campaigning to reduce domestic water consumption.

Marlborough Sewage Treatment Works was one of the first treatment works in the country to be fitted with a phosphate stripper to improve the quality of treated sewage effluent.  This was largely a consequence of ARK's campaigning.

ARK watches and comments on planning decisions which may affect the health of the river.

ARK has caused the Environment Agency to rewrite its consent mechanisms regarding Sewage Sludgecake Storage to protect watercourses from nutrient loaded runoff.