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Published Thursday, 02 May 2013

Enfield Council is working with community groups to improve the water quality in its lakes and rivers as part of a wider drive to reduce pollution and clean up its waterways.

Water Testing Thames 21, one of the country's leading waterway charities, which works with communities to improve canals, rivers, ponds and lakes for people and wildlife, has been training Friends of Parks groups across Enfield how to test for phosphates and nitrates and check the pH (or acidity) level of the water in them.

The Friends Groups will then monitor the condition of the water allowing Enfield Council to carry out a clean up if necessary.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, who visited Forty Hall Lake this week to see the testers from the Friends of Forty Hall Park, at work, said: "We're working with friends groups across the borough to find out if our lakes and rivers are being polluted, improve water quality and keep our open spaces in great condition for everyone to enjoy."

Jo-Ann Brown from the Friends of Forty Hall said: We're taking an active interest in testing the waters of tributaries, ponds and lakes, to make sure the quality of our water is good and the animals and plants that live in them can remain healthy and thrive.

"By keeping a close eye on pollutant levels we can work with the council and Thames 21 to make sure any problems are identified early and the appropriate action taken to sort it out."

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