Workshop on changes to water abstraction licensing exemptions
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March 21, 2016

On Thursday 17th March Envireau Water’s Tamsin Morey attended a workshop in Cardiff run by the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales on the implementation of abstraction licensing for New Authorisations (currently licence exempt uses of water) in Wales.

The main purpose of the workshop was to give water abstractors and other affected parties in Wales an opportunity to find out more about the Welsh Government’s approach to implementing the measures contained in the Water Act (2003) for bringing the majority of currently exempt water abstractions into the licensing system. This was set in the wider context of Welsh Government water policy and Abstraction Reform. Natural Resources Wales was also present to talk about the abstraction licence application process for currently exempt water abstractors.

The session was attended by representatives from the many different stakeholders who will be affected and included the NFU, CLA, Ports Authority, water bottlers, quarrying sector and Local Government.

There was a short time for discussion at the end which yielded some interesting perspectives from the different stakeholders which certainly got the regulators thinking. The consultation document can be found here and the consultation closes on 8th April 2016.