Today is world water day.
“World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ –
Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.”
What is the biggest industrial user of fresh water in Cumbria? – the nuclear industry!
Here are some photos of the very pretty stretch of the river Calder just a mile before it enters the sprawling poisonous Sellafield nuclear ‘reprocessing’ site. On this stretch of the river Calder is Calder Abbey – hauntingly beautiful sister Abbey to Furness Abbey. The site was chosen by the monks because of the fertile land and river teeming with fish and wildlife.
Once the river has passed Calder Abbey it continues a mile towards the Sellafield Nuclear Site where the once meandering river is canalised to ensure the discharges and run off from the site are flushed out to sea as quickly as possible.