A Guide to New Authorisations – Geographically Exempt Areas
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September 13, 2018

Certain parts of England and Wales have always been exempt from abstraction licensing no matter what the quantity of water or its use. These areas were based on geography and are referred to as Geographically Exempt Areas. From the 1st of January 2018 the Geographically Exempt Areas lost their status and it is now a requirement that abstraction of more than 20m3/day of water needs a licence.

Envireau Water has been involved in the development and implementation of the New Authorisations process since it was first raised in about 1998 and as an active member of the British Soft Drinks Association, the Water For Food Group and other specialist interest organisations.

Using this insight, we have produced “A Guide to New Authorisations – Geographically Exempt Areas”, an easy to read handbook which covers ‘Transition Arrangements’; making and submitting your application; and a useful timeline of key deadlines. You can access the guide here, or it is available in the Envireau Knowledge section of our website.

We have also created a FREE tool to help you collate the information that is needed for your application. If you would like to receive this tool, please contact enquiries@envireauwater.co.uk or 01332 871 882 and we will send it to you directly.

Need support with your licensing process?

Envireau Water is the UK’s leading independent abstraction licensing and water management specialist. We are also specialists in issues related to agriculture including the dairy industry, water bottling and food manufacturing giving us unique expertise in this arena.

Not every application needs our help but if you:

  • Are struggling to define your historic use
  • Have no hydrogeological description of the site
  • Have more than one abstraction point
  • Need to apply for New Water
  • Are located close to sensitive environmental sites

we suggest that you should  contact us for a free, no obligation conversation. It is far more difficult and expensive to sort out licensing problems at the end of the process, than it is if the process is started and presented in the right way at the beginning. Get in touch on 01332 871 882 or enquiries@envireauwater.co.uk.