Because of the low levels of water in Abbey Fields Lake due to the extreme drought, there have unfortunately been a number of fish casualties.
Following on-site investigations on Thursday, officers from Warwick District Council concluded that it would not be possible to aerate the water using the traditional methods of a water pump as the water levels are too low and a significant amount of silt in up to 18 inches of water. The Council was also advised that relocating fish would be too difficult to carry out due to the lake’s current low level and the unlikelihood of the fish surviving the journey in the extreme temperatures.
Therefore, the only remaining action course of action was to add water to the lake from the mains as a temporary measure, which WDC had arranged and installed and was working until Thursday of this week. However, now due to the impact on the regional network, the Council has been instructed by Severn Trent that this must now cease.
Throughout this time, Warwick District Council has been in close communication with our partners at the Environment Agency, Severn Trent and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Local Angling club and have explored every option available to us to try and save the fish. However, due to the continued hot, dry weather, there will inevitably sadly be more casualties.
Warwick District Council understands how distressing this situation is for members of the public. It has been a very sad few days for Council officers and contractors who have been dealing with this incident.
The Environment Agency are currently working at 150 sites across England that are experiencing similar conditions.