New regulations have come into effect to improve the management of water resources and protection of the environment. Certain exemptions that previously allowed the use of water from ground or surface water sources without the need for a licence have been removed, as have previously exempt areas.
If you are think you may be effected by these changes, please read the attached letter of 19 July 2019, which outlines the process to follow to continually abstracting water if you take more than 20 cubic metres / 4,399 gallons per day.
A valid application for a new authorisation licence must be submitted and accepted by 31 December 2019. Early application is strongly advised as the Environmental Agency cannot guarantee the checking and validation of applications received within 3 months of the December deadline.