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Last edited 10 Nov 2021
Water abstraction licence
Water abstraction is the act of taking a certain quantity of water from a source of supply (inland water or surface sources - such as rivers, canals, streams - or underground sources). A water abstraction licence gives someone the right to undertake this action.
The water abstraction licence application includes a set of forms which are in themselves reasonably straightforward, requiring information such as company details of the applicant (usually the principal contractor) and anticipated dewatering rates.
Obtaining a licence may be necessary for people who wish or plan to abstract more than 20 cubic metres of water per day. The Environment Agency may take enforcement action against those who do not apply before abstracting water.
- Dewatering construction sites.
- Environment Agency.
- Hydrogeological Impact Appraisal HIA.
- Passive dewatering.
- Raising awareness of dewatering regulation.
- Water engineering.
- Water impoundment licence.
- Water management.
- Water pump.
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