Water abstraction and impounding
Water abstraction and impounding

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Water abstraction and impounding
  • Brexit impact
  • EU Exit Regulations
  • Prohibition of unauthorised abstraction
  • Unauthorised works
  • Exemptions
  • Changes to water abstraction licensing exemptions
  • Criminal offences
  • Prohibition on unauthorised impounding
  • Impounding
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): To help businesses cope with the disruption caused by Coronavirus, COVID-19, the Environment Agency (EA) has published a series of temporary COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements (RPSs). COVID-19 RPSs are intended to minimise risks to the environment and human health where compliance with certain regulatory requirements is not possible due to COVID-19. They also cover specific circumstances where the EA have temporarily amended normal regulatory requirements. COVID-19 RPSs have been issued in several sectors including waste management, water industry and agriculture. Each COVID-19 RPS sets out the circumstances in which it applies and the conditions that must be complied with. If the conditions are complied with, including requirements to notify the EA or to obtain approval to use the COVID-19 RPS, then the EA will not normally take enforcement action. For more information on COVID-19 RPSs, see Q&A: What does coronavirus (COVID-19) mean for environmental compliance in areas such as environmental permitting?

Sustainable management of water resources is coordinated by the government, the Environment Agency (EA), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and water companies. Many industries rely on water abstraction to help produce their products and the pressures of droughts and floods can restrict the availability of water. Abstraction and impoundment licensing aims to manage water resources by ensuring sufficient supply and environmental protection. Management is increasingly significant in areas of water 'stress' (eg due

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