10:04am Saturday 3rd October 2009

Environment Agency workers study the low level of the River Foss Environment Agency workers study the low level of the River Foss
 

PUMPS were brought in to transfer more water into the River Foss after dry weather led to low river levels in York.

The Environment Agency deployed two pumps to move water from the Foss Basin, between the weir at Castle Mills Bridge in York and the nearby barrier close to the River Ouse, back into the River Foss.

The silent devices, which together can pump 400 litres per second, were brought into action after an alarm on the River Foss which activates when the channel falls to a low level was triggered last month.

A spokeswoman for the agency said it had been monitoring the water levels closely since then and had received reports of some dead fish.

The agency was due to check progress today to see if pumping needed to continue. The spokeswoman said that if further pumping was necessary, it was likely to last days rather than weeks.