Ouse Upper Bedford Secondary Oolite Operational Catchment

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    The Upper Bedford Ouse Secondary Oolite is a Secondary aquifer and a Drinking water Protected Area. The Secondary Oolite is largely confined across the outcrop by low permeability superficial drift cover. In the absence of low permeability drift, usually in the river valleys where the rivers have incised through the drift, the aquifer is vulnerable to polluting activities on the surface. The aquifer does not have the same resource potential as the Chalk aquifers. The main abstractors are for industry/agricultural purposes, smaller abstractors include domestic supplies. The aquifer will provide some local base flow to the surface waters.

    Upper Bedford Ouse Oolite