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Dear United Utilities Water PLC,

This may also be considered as an Environmental Information Request.

A report by the National Rivers Authority in 1997 concluded that with a 1% population growth, demand would exceed the capacity of the River Dee to supply in the next decade (2020's). In this event do you have any plans to extract water from the Sherwood Aquifer?

Many thanks in anticipation.

Yours faithfully,

Colin Watson

Environmental Information’s Regulations Response, United Utilities Water PLC

Thank you for your email on Mon Aug 14 2017 10:34:07 regarding your
Environmental Information’s Regulations (EIR) enquiry, please take this
email as confirmation that your query has been received and will be dealt
with accordingly.

We will aim to reply to you as soon as possible and no later than 20
working days.

Thank you,
Environmental Information’s Regulations (EIR) Team.

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Jain, Rajat, United Utilities Water PLC

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Dear Mr Watson


Re: Your request for information


We write further to your request submitted below via the Whatdotheyknow


As requested we are treating this in accordance with our obligations under
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).


Please note that we already draw water from Sherwood Aquifer from a number
of regions within the United Utilities, so there are no specific plans to
draw from this in the event of a water shortage. Thus under EIR Regulation
12(4)(a), we are technically obliged to advise no specific information
relevant to your request is held. However the following may be helpful for
you to know.


Water is currently drawn from a number of sources including reservoirs and
underground sources, including Sherwood Aquifer.  We constantly carefully
monitor the resources we have in order meet water supply & demand. Water
supplies are balanced from the existing different sources according to
local demand and conditions, and in accordance with our Water Resources
Management Plan (please click on the following web link


We hope this answers your query. However if you consider there is any
specific aspect of water supply from the Sherwood Aquifer which you would
like to know about, then please let us know so that we can attempt to
determine whether that information is held in an identifiable format.


In the interim please be advised of the following right:


Should you consider that we have not adequately complied with our
obligations under EIR, you have the right to ask us to carry out an
internal review, by writing to David Hannon Head of Legal, United
Utilities, Legal Department, Grasmere House First Floor, Lingley Mere
Business Park, Lingley Green Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 3LP.
Alternatively, you may find it easier to e-mail us directly on
[2][United Utilities request email] and your review request will be forwarded on to
Mr Hannon.


Your request for review should explain why you wish a review to be carried
out, and should be made within 40 working days of receipt of this letter,
and we will reply within 40 working days of receipt. If you are not
satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to make a
formal complaint to the Information Commissioner.


Finally, kindly acknowledge receipt by return of e-mail.


Yours sincerely






Rajat Jain

Data Protection & Fraud

Legal Department

United Utilities


Dear Jain, Rajat,

Thank you for this response, it is helpful to see that we are not under any immediate pressure with our water supply.

My concern is with the potential of fracking to contaminate our aquifers, that may have to supply water into the future.

I understand that United Utilities abstract from boreholes in the area, I will address this in a future request.

Thanks again.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Watson

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