Water Abstraction Data (UK overview)

Presentation on water abstraction and discharge data (begins at 58mins) and how it impacts on river flows

UK have point data on abstraction – but it’s size of licenced abstraction (not how much water is actually abstracted), if it’s from surface or groundwater abstraction, and what that abstracted water is used for (by sector, eg agricultural irrigation)

The UK data links the catchments to the abstractions

Don’t look at just the data of water taken out, but also need to look at ‘consumption’ – what’s discharged (put back in at same location)

UK data is online and easy to access

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