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A Guide to New Authorisations - Quarry Dewatering
November 30, 2018

From the 1st of January 2018 it has been a requirement that abstraction of water for quarry dewatering requires an abstraction licence.

Envireau Water has been involved in the development and implementation of the New Authorisations process since it was first raised in about 1998 as an active member of the Mineral Products Association Water Group.

Using this insight, we have produced “A Guide to New Authorisations – Quarry Dewatering”, an easy to read handbook which covers ‘Transition Arrangements’; making and submitting your application; and a useful timeline of key deadlines.

Not every application needs our help but if you:

  • Are struggling to define your historic use
  • Have no hydrogeological description of the site
  • Have other unlicensed abstractions
  • Need to apply for New Water
  • Are located close to sensitive environmental sites
  • Have an extensive water monitoring requirement

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.

A Guide to New Authorisations - Geographically Exempt Areas
November 30, 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.

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.

A Guide to New Authorisations - Trickle Irrigation
November 30, 2018

From the 1st of January 2018 it has been a requirement that abstraction of water for trickle irrigation requires an abstraction 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 UK Irrigation Association, the Water For Food Group and by providing technical support to the NFU, and abstractor groups.

Using this insight, we have produced “A Guide to New Authorisations – Trickle Irrigation”, an easy to read handbook which covers ‘Transition Arrangements’; making and submitting your application; and a useful timeline of key deadlines.

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.

The Wrong Sort of Drought or the Right Sort of Heatwave
July 5, 2018

The current hot dry weather in the UK has got the “drought debate” going again, but what does drought mean and when is a drought not a drought? This bulletin explores Hydrological Droughts, Agricultural Droughts, Ecological Droughts and we introduce the concept of an Engineering Drought to explain what we are currently experiencing.

The Wholly or Mainly Conundrum
May 1, 2018

The exemption from abstraction licensing for dewatering of groundwater or rainwater in mining, quarrying or other engineering works has been removed.

“Where dewatering of groundwater takes place a licence will be required where the abstracted water is from water contained in any underground strata whether hydraulically isolated or not. Establishing whether and how groundwater interacts with other water sources and the impacts this may have on the environment and other abstractors is part of the considerations of an abstraction licence decision. A licence is not required for the dewatering of wholly or mainly rainwater from an excavation.” (Defra/Welsh Government ‘Government response to consultation on changes to water abstraction licensing exemptions in England and Wales: New Authorisations’, October 2017).

This may seem straightforward, but there is no definition of “wholly or mainly” within legislation. In this bulletin, we explore this conundrum.

Is the UK Experiencing Drought?
May 1, 2018

In the spring of 2017 the UK was starting to get concerned about a future drought.

This bulletin examines what has happened with the weather in the last 12 months and, most importantly, highlights the importance of water resource professionals keeping communications in context with risk.

Changes to Environmental Permitting Charging Scheme
March 29, 2018

Here at Envireau Water, we have been tracking the Environment Agency’s (EA) plans to change their Environmental Permitting Charging Scheme.

Following comments from the consultation period, the EA has now confirmed that the new permit and subsistence charges will take effect from 1st April 2018.

As these changes will impact many of our clients, we have summarised some useful key points in this bulletin.

Proposed Transition of Abstraction Licensing Into Environmental Permitting
March 28, 2018

Planned changes to abstraction licensing legislation has the potential to improve the current system, but also has potential pitfalls.

This bulletin provides a brief summary of a dissertation completed as part of an LLM degree, which was supported by Envireau Water. The dissertation examined the experience of similar changes in the past.

New Authorisations - Trickle Irrigation
March 1, 2018

Since the 31st October, Envireau Water has been tracking and discussing the implementation of New Authorisations across a range of sectors. This has involved discussions with the Environment Agency, trade associations and other stakeholders.

We have presented key points in this bulletin, based on what we have learned over the last 4 months.

How to Get a New Authorisation Licence
January 16, 2018

If you abstract or impound water and were exempt from requiring a licence under the Water Resources Act 1991, the law has changed and you may now need to apply for an abstraction licence from January 2018.

The Environment Agency has produced this information sheet which provides detailed information on how to apply for a New Authorisation.

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

Environment Agency Information Article on Dewatering
January 16, 2018

The law is changing, do you need to apply for an abstraction licence?

If you are dewatering and were previously exempt from needing to have a licence under the Water Resources Act 1991, the law has recently changed and you may now need to apply for an abstraction licence (New Authorisation) from 1st January 2018.

The Environment Agency has produced this article which provides information on the following questions:

Do I need a New Authorisation?
What is the New Authorisations (Transitional Licence) application process?
Which activities will remain exempt?
I’m not currently abstracting, but I am planning to do so soon, what do I need to do?
How much will my licence application cost?
What happens if I don’t apply for a licence?

If you need guidance on these New Authorisations, contact Envireau Water on 01332 871882 or info@envireauwater.co.uk.

 

Environment Agency Information Article on Trickle & Horticultural Irrigation
January 16, 2018

The law is changing, do you need to apply for an abstraction licence?

If you abstract water for irrigation and were previously exempt from needing to have a licence under the Water Resources Act 1991, the law has recently changed and you may now need to apply for an abstraction licence (New Authorisation) from 1st January 2018.

The Environment Agency has produced this article which provides information on the following questions:

Do I need a New Authorisation?
What is the New Authorisations (Transitional Licence) application process?
Which activities will remain exempt?
I’m not currently abstracting, but I am planning to do so soon, what do I need to do?
How much will my licence application cost?
What happens if I don’t apply for a licence?

If you need guidance on these New Authorisations, contact Envireau Water on 01332 871882 or info@envireauwater.co.uk.

 

New Authorisations - Trickle Irrigation
December 5, 2017

DEFRA/Welsh Government (WG) have announced that the transitional arrangements for licensing of the currently exempt abstractions for trickle irrigation will come in to force on 1st January 2018.

We have presented key points in this bulletin, based on our review of the DEFRA documents as well as discussions with the Environment Agency (EA) and others.

New Authorisations - Quarry Dewatering
December 5, 2017

DEFRA/Welsh Government (WG) have announced that the transitional arrangements for licensing of the currently exempt abstractions for quarry dewatering will come in to force on 1st January 2018.

We have presented key points in this bulletin, based on our review of the DEFRA/WG response to consultation as well as discussions with the Environment Agency (EA) and others.

 

New Authorisations - Geographically Exempt Areas
December 5, 2017

DEFRA/Welsh Government (WG) have announced that the transitional arrangements for licensing of the currently geographically exempt areas will come in to force on 1st January 2018.

We have presented key points in this bulletin, based on our review of the DEFRA/WG documents as well as discussions with the Environment Agency (EA), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and others.

The largest areas of exempt areas are in Wales (although some do occur in England) and in terms of the Welsh areas, the most significant abstractors in terms of quantity of water (other than water companies) are water bottlers.

New Authorisations - Abstraction Licensing in England and Wales
November 3, 2017

At 21:00 on Tuesday 31st October DEFRA/Welsh Government (WG) announced that the transitional arrangements for licensing of the currently exempt abstractions for trickle irrigation, quarry dewatering, geographically exempt areas and other exempt abstractions will come in to force on 1st January 2018. While it can be argued that we have known that this was going to happen since 2003, as a company that has been very close to this issue we have been taken by surprise, so we can appreciate what you may be thinking.

We have presented our first response in this bulletin, based on a review of the response to the 2016 consultation published on the 31st October.

We will be reviewing the detail following this announcement and will issue further bulletins as soon as we know practical details. Guidance documents are to be produced by the Environment Agency & Natural Resources Wales (EA/NRW) for “the application period and beyond”.

In the meantime, read the headlines in this bulletin.

Abstraction Licensing - Spray Irrigation East Anglia
August 15, 2017

The Environment Agency have published their approach to agricultural spray irrigation abstraction licence renewals in East Anglia. This is an issue that Envireau Water has been involved with for several years, working with clients, the NFU and stakeholder groups in negotiation with the Environment Agency and providing comment and support in the period where the approach to abstraction licence renewal was being developed.

Find out more in this bulletin.

Abstraction Licence Reform and New Authorisations
April 25, 2017

James Dodds, Managing Director, has commented on Abstraction Licence Reform and New Authorisations many times since ideas were first promoted at the turn of the century. He has, this week, written his latest update.

Find out more in this bulletin.

Quarry Dewatering - Where are we now?
March 6, 2017

We last issued a bulletin on quarry dewatering in August 2016. The message then was “Implementation will be October 2016”.

We said January or April 2017 was more likely.

It is now March 2017. So what is the situation? Find out more in this bulletin.

Trickle Irrigation Licensing - Where are we now?
February 24, 2017

We last issued a bulletin on trickle irrigation licensing in August 2016. The message then was “Implementation will be October 2016”.

It is now February 2017. So what is the situation? Find out more in this bulletin.

Future Flood Prevention Report
November 23, 2016

Recent storms in the UK such as Storm Angus have highlighted the growing need for improved flood risk management and greater funding. The government has recently increased budgets for flood risk management, but it is acknowledged that this level of funding will not deliver the standard of protection required in the coming decades. The government must now publish its 25 year ambition for reducing flood risk by the end of 2017.

Find out more in this bulletin.

New Authorisations - Trickle Irrigation Licensing
August 18, 2016

Despite years of procrastination and delays, as well as BREXIT, DEFRA say that the implementation date for ‘trickle irrigation licensing’ is OCTOBER 2016! It’s not guaranteed, and Envireau Water think January or April 2017 is more likely. Sign off from the Minister isn’t expected until September at the earliest!

Find out more in this bulletin.

Soils and Hydrology
January 20, 2016

Soils are the interface between land and water. What happens in the upper metre of the ground is crucial to issues such as surface water flooding, aquifer recharge and water quality. Soil surveys can provide key detailed information to improve assessments of site hydrology.

Find out more about soil surveys in this bulletin.

Radon in Drinking Water
January 15, 2016

Implications of the European Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom

Water bottlers and soft drink manufacturers are no doubt already aware of the Euratom Drinking Water Directive (2013/51/Euratom) that requires monitoring of radioactive substances such as radon, tritium and “indicative dose” in drinking water. Tritium and “indicative dose” requirements have already been partly transposed into UK legislation. Radon requirements have been transposed into the relevant drinking water regulations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since late 2015. England is expected to legislate the Directive’s radon in drinking water requirements in early 2016.

This Bulletin explores what this means for water bottlers and how radon could enter a drinking water source.

Is There a Need for Borehole Construction Standards?
January 13, 2016

BHUC2015 introduced a new format for the afternoon session. Presentations were given by AFNOR the French equivalent of the BSi and from the DWI. The purpose of these presentations was to give background to some of the problems seen by the regulator for safe drinking water in the UK and how the French have addressed poor quality borehole construction through the development of a formal standard. What followed was a table top debate led by Envireau Water’s James Dodds to examine the issues around poor borehole construction, standards and possible solutions. This briefing presents the output from the debate and proposes a way forward.

How do Water Wells Work?
September 20, 2015

It is a popular misconception that water wells can be used to ‘suck water out of the ground’. This just isn’t true! The only way to get water out of wells is to pump it out. Our latest bulletin explains how they work and why good construction is crucial to performance.

Farm Facts August 2015
August 20, 2015

Rural Business Consultants Robin Turney have published their latest Farm Facts Bulletin which includes vital information for anyone operating in the agricultural industry, relating to market pricing, grant funding and industry news.

Flow Meter Verification
May 20, 2015

Our latest Borehole Users Bulletin looks at the importance of accurate flow metering and examines verification as an alternative to costly calibration regimes.

Farm Facts March 2015
March 20, 2015

Rural Business Consultants Robin Turney have published their latest Farm Facts Bulletin including information relating to market pricing, grant funding and industry news.

Groundwater Dating and the Bottled Water Industry
February 20, 2015

Many water bottlers want to know the age of the water obtained from their source. The main reason is often as part of a marketing strategy, to show that the water is old – it adds to the “story”. However, the age of groundwater also provides important technical information to the hydrogeologist which provides greater insight and understanding of aquifer processes, recharge and flow system. Thus an understanding of the age of groundwater can provide significant benefit in the management and sustainable use of an aquifer. This bulletin provides background on dating techniques, with a particular focus on isotope based dating.

Farm Facts January 2015
January 20, 2015

Rural Business Consultants Robin Turney have published their latest Farm Facts Bulletin including information relating to market pricing, CAP reform update and industry news

Performance Monitoring
September 20, 2014

Our latest Borehole Users Bulletin looks at performance monitoring. Find out why it is essential and what the key steps are in this bulletin.

Farm Facts August 2014
August 29, 2014

Rural Business Consultants Robin Turney have published their latest Farm Facts Bulletin including information relating to market pricing, CAP reform update and grant funding changes.

Environment Agency Letter – Spray Irrigation Abstraction Licence Renewal
August 28, 2014

This letter gives details of changes the Environment Agency is making in relation to their approach to spray irrigation abstraction licence renewal in the Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire area.

Environment Agency Publish Latest Onshore Gas & Oil Sector Update
August 20, 2014

The update contains news about groundwater Source Protection Zones and technical updates dealing with both the Best Available Techniques reference document for extractive industries waste and the DEFRA consultation on an amendment to the EPR regulations for the storage of crude oil.

There is also an update on permitting and a feature on the Evidence Directorate’s report on the assessment of environmental risks associated with coal bed, mine and abandoned mine methane in England.

Should BSDA Members be Concerned About Fracking?
July 20, 2014

In the wake of increased and sensationalist media coverage, James Dodds explores the risks associated with fracking and considers how these are being effectively mitigated.

Shale Gas & Aquifers
July 15, 2014

At the beginning of July 2014 the British Geological Survey, in partnership with the Environment Agency, published the results of an electronic mapping project which shows the relationship between shale gas sources and aquifers. This bulletin gives more information about this project and why it is important.

DEFRA Abstraction Reform Consultation - Summary of Responses
July 10, 2014

DEFRA has published a summary of consultation responses from its consultation on reforming the water abstraction management system – Making the Most of Every Drop.

The reforms proposed in the consultation are designed to make the water abstraction management system more flexible and resilient to future pressures. Two main options for reform were identified, which were developed through working closely with stakeholders. These are ‘Current System Plus’ and ‘Water Shares’. Read the summary here.

DEFRA’s Abstraction Reform Consultation
March 29, 2014

Envireau Water has submitted their response to DEFRA’s Abstraction Reform Consultation. Two options are being proposed for reform: Current System Plus and Water Shares.

The two options share the same overarching principles of better environmental protection at low flows and freeing up some of the water currently held under ‘sleeper licences’ but they differ in terms of the day to day management of abstraction which has a knock on effect for the security of supply for a business dependent on water. Read our response to the consultation here.

Borehole Access – Envireau Water’s 5 Point Guide
March 28, 2014

Access to boreholes is often overlooked. Poor access makes it difficult and expensive to change pumps and carry out routine maintenance effectively and efficiently. By following our simple 5 point guide you can ensure good access to you borehole is maintained for hassle free maintenance.

Borehole Condition Survey – FAQ
March 25, 2014

It is important to regularly carry out a survey to check the engineering condition of your borehole. Read more about the benefits of regular surveying in our Borehole Condition Survey – FAQs. You’ll find all you need to know.

Quarrying Dewatering Licensing Bulletin March 2014
March 20, 2014

The implementation date for the regulation of the abstraction of water for quarry dewatering (transfer licensing) continues to slip: While all the indications up until the end of January were that things were on track, the word on the street is now NOT BEFORE APRIL 2015. Click the link above to find out more.

Trickle Irrigation Licensing Bulletin March 2014
March 5, 2014

The implementation date for the regulation of the abstraction of water for trickle irrigation continues to slip. While all the indications up until the end of January were that things were on track, the word on the street is now NOT BEFORE APRIL 2015. Click the link above to find out more.

Groundwater Flooding Explained
February 20, 2014

Recent extreme rainfall has led to localised groundwater flooding. Here we give a comprehensive guide to the causes of groundwater flooding including where and why it happens and what action needs to be taken.