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Groundwater: Monitoring

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the procedure is for monitoring groundwater levels; how frequently such monitoring is carried out; and what plans he has to increase the frequency.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency monitors groundwater levels from over 6,400 boreholes across England and Wales. These boreholes are monitored at frequencies ranging from every 15 minutes by automation to manually, either quarterly or half yearly.

The frequency of monitoring at any particular borehole is determined by the way in which the data is used and the hydro-geological setting from which it is being collected.

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