With Covid restrictions in place, and large areas of the catchment under water, practical delivery of projects has had to take something of a back seat this winter. However, we are all now experts at working at home and communicating by Zoom so we’ve managed to continue with (virtual) meetings with landowners, consultants and Agency staff, but are all sorely missing the on-site visits and face-to-face engagement. Hopefully as the tides of flood waters and COVID cases recede we will be able to get back to business as usual.
The future of our rivers is far from secure, with many of them still impounded by historic channel modifications and polluted by effluent from sewage treatment works, misconnections, agricultural and road run-off. We continue to work with local groups, landowners, and other stakeholders to improve their lot in the Thame catchment and hope that everyone reading this will take a closer look at their local rivers and consider what actions they can take to protect them.
We have a range of on-line advice and information pages about what you can do to protect your rivers, for:
If you see what you think is a pollution event please call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 and Thames Water on 0800 316 9800 to report it.
Letter to RTCT from Richard Aylard CVO, Sustainability Director, Thames Water. 22nd January 2021.
I am pleased to say that, following two rounds of feedback from Ofwat and after detailed consideration, the Thames Water Board decided to accept Ofwat’s ‘final determination’.
We have now started to deliver our new 5-year plan, in line with our restated corporate purpose ‘to deliver life’s essential service, so our customers, communities and the environment can thrive’. Our plan focuses on three clear strategic ambitions: Continue reading