DEFRA to licence all significant water abstractions in 2020

All major water usage in England and Wales will be brought under the abstraction licensing system when DEFRA ends license exemptions in 2020

Most exempt abstractions will end in 2020. Photograph: Andrei Nekrassov/123RFThe UK and Welsh governments plan to end historical exemptions from water abstraction licensing control in England and Wales, but not before 2020.

They set out their plans in response to a consultation on the issue, published on 31 October. 1

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