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Updates published by the Environment Agency that we think you will find useful.

New Authorisations Transitional Arrangements - Trickle and Spray Irrigation FAQs
August 5, 2019

The Environment Agency have received a number of queries relating to whether trickle irrigation can be added onto an existing licence which authorises spray irrigation and how this will work. This resource answers some of the most frequently asked questions.

Options for Existing Licence Holders
August 5, 2019

Options for existing licence holders who now require trickle irrigation licences and licences for other forms of irrigation. If you abstracted water for irrigation prior to 1st January 2018 and were previously exempt from needing to have a licence under the Water Resources Act 1991 (WRA 91), the law has now changed and you may now need to apply for an abstraction licence (New Authorisation).

Horticulture and Irrigation under New Authorisations
August 5, 2019

The Environment Agency has produced guidance to address questions raised around existing licences where “horticulture” or other forms of irrigation are listed as a purpose of abstraction and the implications New Authorisations has for these licences.

New Authorisations Groundwater Dewatering - Wholly or Mainly
June 18, 2019

Are you an operator undertaking dewatering following excavations into underground strata? The Environment Agency have produced guidance on the wholly or mainly groundwater issue which was discussed with specialist consultants at an exclusive workshop.

Passive Dewatering Exclusion from Abstraction Licensing Control
June 18, 2019

New regulations introduced in January 2018 mean certain previously exempt water abstractors will need to apply for an abstraction licence as part of the final stage of implementing the Water Act 2003. The changes have removed the exemptions for dewatering. It has become evident that there are significant numbers of ‘passive’ dewatering schemes across England. As such, to avoid unnecessary regulatory burdens upon both the Environment Agency and operators, the Environment Agency generally does not wish to regulate passive dewatering through licensing where we can avoid it and there is no environmental risk. The Environment Agency have therefore prepared a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) that distinguishes between passive and active dewatering, the operations that can remain exempt and when the abstraction (including transfer) of groundwater would become licensable. To support the RPS the Environment Agency have also created a scenarios document to help with interpretation of the RPS.

New Rules on Abstracting Water
June 19, 2019

Water abstraction rules have changed and most previously exempt activities cannot continue without an abstraction licence in place. The Environment Agency have issued a reminder to get your applications in now as the deadline of 31 December 2019 is now looming. The Environment Agency is advising to apply now to gain certainty that you will be able to continue abstracting for your business need; provided it is sustainable. There is a free hotline service to help fill in the application forms – you can even book a call back slot to get it done.

Alternatively, let us do the work for you! Envireau Water are the leaders in the New Authorisation licensing process. We have successfully been supporting clients across the country to get the water that they need. Contact us today on 01332 871 882 or info@envireauwater.co.uk to see how we can help!

Updated Prospects for Irrigation - Forecast for 2019
May 22, 2019

This document provides an update to the document the Environment Agency produced in February 2019 and shows the main prospects for irrigation across areas of England where irrigation is most significant.

There is a decline in irrigation status in some areas since February. Seven areas are still classed as moderate. However, East Anglia has changed from moderate (and moderate to poor) to poor and Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire from moderate to poor.  Yorkshire and East Midlands remain moderate in most catchments but moderate to poor in others. Kent, South London and East Sussex are in good/moderate to moderate status.

New Authorisations Bringing Previously Exempt Activities into the Licensing Regime
April 11, 2019

As the leading consultant specialising in the updated abstraction licensing regulations, Envireau Water was pleased to support the Environment Agency with a one-off workshop aimed at consultants/agents looking for an insight into effective New Authorisations applications across various sectors.

The Environment Agency has published the presentation from the event which offers an overview of New Authorisations; the key principals to consider when submitting an application and the recent developments from New Authorisation queries. The event was facilitated by James Dodds, Chairperson of Envireau Water who has considerable experience of the application process, across a wide range of sectors.

Additional materials from the event can also be viewed below.

If you have any questions regarding the New Authorisations in the meantime, access our free guides here, or speak with James directly on 01332 871 882.

New Authorisations Evidence Guide
April 11, 2019

Following on from the recent Environment Agency workshop, this New Authorisations evidence guide has been issued to assist in ensuring applications contain the key information required to ensure validation.

If you need further guidance on applying for an abstraction licence, contact Envireau Water on 01332 871882 or info@envireauwater.co.uk.

New Authorisations Volume Validation Guidance
April 11, 2019

The Environment Agency has supplied guidance notes on calculating estimated abstraction quantities, and as data can be perceived as a stumbling block for New Authorisations applications, their volume validation table acts as a useful tool.

If you need further guidance on applying for an abstraction licence, contact Envireau Water on 01332 871882 or info@envireauwater.co.uk.

New Authorisations Quarry Abstraction Configurations
April 11, 2019

The Environment Agency has provided an informative document detailing the key licence types for a variation of common quarry configurations scenarios. The materials supplied by the Environment Agency seek to provide insight into effective New Authorisations applications and can be useful in determining what licence you require.

If you have any questions regarding the New Authorisations, access our free guides here, or speak with James directly on 01332 871 882.

New Authorisations Construction Dewatering FAQ's
April 11, 2019

Following on from the recent New Authorisations workshop, the Environment Agency has published a frequently asked questions sheet to address queries on construction dewatering exemptions. In addition to this, dewatering scenarios from Excavations have been provided to assist in determining licence requirements.

If you need further guidance on applying for an abstraction licence, contact Envireau Water on 01332 871882 or info@envireauwater.co.uk.

New Authorisations Exempt Areas Summary
April 11, 2019

Following on from the recent New Authorisations workshop conducted by the Environment Agency and supported by Envireau Water, the Environment Agency has published their summary on Geographically Exempt Areas. The application process has some critical requirements and is different from the normal licensing process.

If you have any questions regarding the New Authorisations, access our free guides here, or speak with James directly on 01332 871 882.

New Authorisations Rainwater Harvesting Exemption From Licensing
April 11, 2019

This guidance applies to all applications for irrigation that utilise rainwater harvesting to collect water into irrigation reservoirs. It is to be used in deciding the numbers and types of licences that are required for the licensing of all forms of irrigation.

If you need further guidance on applying for an abstraction licence, contact Envireau Water on 01332 871882 or info@envireauwater.co.uk.

New Authorisations Trickle Irrigation FAQ's
April 11, 2019

From the recent New Authorisations workshop conducted by the Environment Agency and supported by Envireau Water, there were some key take away messages regarding whether trickle irrigation can be added onto an existing abstraction licence which authorises spray irrigation and how this will work. The Environment Agency has consequently published a frequently asked question sheet to address queries alongside a new authorisations evidence quide.

If you need further guidance on applying for an abstraction licence, contact Envireau Water on 01332 871882 or info@envireauwater.co.uk.

Initial Prospects for Irrigation - Forecast for 2019
February 28, 2019

The Environment Agency has published their initial prospects for irrigation across areas of England where irrigation is most significant. They will be updating these prospects into the spring.

January ended with typically just less than 50% of long term average rainfall across most parts of England. Most areas of the country were drier than normal for the six month period prior to January. Drier conditions with higher than average temperatures have predominated in February and are forecast to continue until the end of the month due to high pressure. The latest three month Met Office forecast from March to May indicates there is no clear signal on rainfall being above or below average, while above average temperatures are expected to dominate. The extended outlook into March is uncertain with weather systems bringing spells of cloud, rain and strong winds followed by showers and some drier, sunny interludes. The wettest, windiest weather remains most likely in the northwest, with the best of any drier, brighter weather in the south, extending to central areas at times. By late March confidence is low, but there remains a possibility of a return to slowly-evolving weather patterns across the UK giving some drier, brighter spells. The Irrigation prospects reflect the current hydrological conditions and latest available weather forecasts. Many areas are classed as moderate, with groundwater levels in some areas still below normal for the time of the year.The document provides detailed prospects for some areas. It also contains the prospects should the remaining winter rainfall scenarios turn out to be more pessimistic (i.e. drier) than expected continuing into the summer. Therefore a range of prospect forecasts are presented for some areas.

Environment Agency Flexible Abstraction Position
January 30, 2019

Climate change predictions suggest the extremes of weather we have seen in the last few years are likely to become more frequent in the future. It will become increasingly important to ensure we are as resilient as possible to periods of reduced water resource and drought. The Environment Agency continue to recognise the importance of irrigation to the agricultural industry and will aim to work with farmers and others to try to minimise, where possible, the impact of any dry weather on their businesses.

Abstraction is primarily controlled by conditions on licences and licence holders must ensure that they adhere to these at all times. We would encourage all abstractors to review their licences to ensure that they continue to meet their needs. In areas across England in 2009 and 2010, some farmers experienced difficulties lifting crops from dry ground and found that their abstraction licences didn’t cover abstraction beyond the end of September. You may also need to extend the winter season on your licence from February to March.

For those farmers who wish to extend their licensed abstraction period, we strongly recommend that you apply now to formally vary your licence. These variations will provide you with long term drought resilience without the need to talk to the Environment Agency in the future for a temporary dispensation. This is particularly important as the allowances in the last few years are unlikely to be made in the future as more farmers formally vary their abstraction periods.

Developing Dry Weather Event
October 23, 2018

The Environment Agency has produced this update to provide clarity on the latest criteria for agreeing flexibility for non-public water supply sectors such as agriculture. They have extended the range of flexibility options in anticipation of the prolonged dry weather period continuing into the winter. They will review this document in the spring using experience over the winter, the latest hydrological situation and possible need for flexibility next summer.