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Defra guidance note explains the impact on Reservoirs Act 1975 arising from the Flood and Water Management Act 2010

Defra have published a guidance note on changes to the Reservoir Act 1975 arising as a result of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

In a phased approach to implementation of the changes, raised reservoirs with a capacity between 10,000 and 25,000 cubic metres will be brought within the scope of the Reservoir Act 1975. The implementation date(s) in England and Wales for this phase has yet to be announced.

However, the arrangements for reservoir safety in the future will be based on risk rather than the size of the reservoir. So, requirements for inspections, monitoring and supervision will only apply to reservoirs designated 'high-risk' by the enforcement authority in whose area the reservoir is situated.

Read the Defra note guidance here.

News Date: 23/05/13