Is Your Holding Located Within the Red Boundary? Do You Abstract More Than 20 Cubic Metres of Groundwater per Day?
Wed 18 September 2019
From the 1st January 2018, new regulations have been introduced in relation to groundwater abstraction, resulting in abstraction licences being required to lawfully abstract more than 20 cubic metres of water (approx. 4400 gallons) per day. This includes a number of properties supplied from one borehole and water taken from ground water sources (rivers, streams and springs) for irrigation etc. You may have been classed an an ‘exempt activity’ previously under the Severn River Authority geographical exempt area, which is the area within the red boundary above.
The Environment Agency strongly suggest that applications for abstraction licences are submitted before the end of September to allow sufficient time for validation, in order to have the licence to be approved and in place before deadline of the end of year.
Further information of the regulations, how to apply for the licence and what is needed in the application can be found at https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/environment-and-business/removing-previously-exempt-abstraction-activities/
Speak to your local McCartneys Rural Expert or call the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 to find out if you need to act quickly.