Ouse Upper Bedford Woburn Sands Operational Catchment

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    This is a Principal aquifer and a Drinking water Protected Area. The Woburn Sands is confined across most of the groundwater body, with the aquifer outcropping to the north and west. Groundwater flow is usually fairly rapid and matrix is dominant with some fracture flow. The aquifer is therefore particularly vulnerable to any potentially polluting activity at the surface. It is utilised by water companies for public water supplies and businesses throughout the area of the outcrop, as well as industrial, agricultural and small private domestic supplies. Base flow from the aquifer supports many surface water bodies across the outcrop.

    Diagram of a typical hydrogeological setting of a groundwater catchment like the  Upper Bedford Ouse Woburn Sands