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ARK position statement on Thames Water application for drought pemit
ARK position statement on Thames Water application for drought pemit
25 October 2022
Thames Water has applied to the Environment Agency to temporarily increase abstraction from the borehole at Axford during the current drought. We have expressed our views which you can read here.
Thames Water Apply for Temporary Drought Permit for Axford
Thames Water Apply for Temporary Drought Permit for Axford
24 October 2022
Despite late October rain, the drought continues, and water resources are running low. Thames Water has applied to the Environment Agency for a temporary licence to abstract more water from the borehole at Axford.
Drought is wake up call
Drought is wake up call
04 August 2022
The current hot weather in Wiltshire and Berkshire should serve as a warning sign that our use of water needs wholescale change. Read full press statement here.
Local MP calls for reduction in sewage pollution
Local MP calls for reduction in sewage pollution
14 June 2022
In parliament last week Danny Kruger MP joined a debate lasting more than two hours calling for the water industry regulator OFWAT to do more to stop sewage pollution. Full press release here
Eel project highlights the value of citizen science
Eel project highlights the value of citizen science
22 March 2022
An environmental project, piloted by Action for the River Kennet (ARK), has discovered that there are many more barriers in rivers than scientists thought. This is bad news for the critically endangered European eel in our rivers. To read our press release click here

Free rain garden workshops
Free rain garden workshops
08 March 2022
Action for the River Kennet (ARK) have teamed up with Ramsbury based garden designer Wendy Allen to offer free courses demonstrating how to build rain gardens and rain planters at home. Creating a rain garden is practical way to make a positive difference to the environment and with Spring just around the corner there’s no better time to learn how. Click here for more details

ARK is welcoming the prioritisation of the environment  in Defra's latest Strategic Policy Statement for Ofwat...
ARK is welcoming the prioritisation of the environment in Defra's latest Strategic Policy Statement for Ofwat...
02 February 2022
Action for the River Kennet (ARK) is welcoming the prioritisation of the environment for the first time in Defra’s latest Strategic Policy Statement for Ofwat, but wants to see more ambition.
To read our press release click here.
Hope for more protection from sewage pollution
Hope for more protection from sewage pollution
28 October 2021
A new government announcement offers hope for the rivers in the Kennet catchment, which are at the forefront of the problem of sewage being disharged into our rivers Read press release here.
Why we can afford to fix our broken sewers
Why we can afford to fix our broken sewers
26 October 2021
Why we can afford to fix our broken sewage network, a great summary from The Rivers Trust here. 
Disappointment as MPs reject rules to reduce sewage pollution
Disappointment as MPs reject rules to reduce sewage pollution
25 October 2021
Last week MPs narrowly voted to reject new rules that would reduce sewage pollution in our rivers. Read full ARK statement here.