Severn Trent granted drought permit over fears of another dry summer

The Environment Agency (EA) has granted Severn Trent a drought permit to allow it to take more water from two reservoirs to top up their supply in the event of another dry summer

The permit, issued on Friday, allows Severn Trent Water to take extra supplies from the Foremark and Staunton Harold reservoirs in Derbyshire until the end of March.

A spokesperson from the water company said it had applied for the permit because of last year’s “incredibly hot summer”.

In addition, Severn Trent said rainfall in the East Midlands has been “considerably below average for the last eight months”.

The water company can now  increase its abstraction rate at the reservoirs by 4,000,000 cubic metres per year.

The EA said using these reservoirs would reduce the water firm’s use of others and allow them to refill.

“The powers will thus help to safeguard public water supplies in the company’s wider strategic water supply grid. Conditions requiring the company to release a volume of water from the reservoirs to support downstream watercourses have not been affected by the drought permit,” it said

Severn Trent said it was “not expecting any negative impacts on the environment” but that it would  continue with its normal monitoring programme.

Last year, the EA warned that water supplies in reservoirs across the country were well below capacity and river flows and groundwater levels remained low.

The National Drought Group also warned water companies particularly in Yorkshire, central, southern and eastern England to prepare for drought.

There are currently six drought permits in place for Yorkshire Water.

 

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    Flood and Water Management Act 2010

    In force/
    Current
    Legislation
    England, Wales
    Published
    10 May 2018

    Commentary

    20/08/2012 Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No.8 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2012 published
    09/12/2014 Commencement No.9 Order 2014 (WSI 2014/317) published.
    03/05/2018 Commencement No. 2 (Wales) Order (WSI 2018/557) published.

    Compliance Dates

    08/04/2010 Received Royal Assent
    01/09/2010 Certain provisions are brought into force by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2010 (SI 2010/2169)
    01/10/2010 Certain provisions are brought into force by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2010 (SI 2010/2169), 18/01/2011 Sections 15, 38 and 39 come into force (see the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2011 (SI 2011/95)), 19/07/2011 Commencement of Sections 11; 18; 31 (so far as it relates to provisions commenced in Schedule 2); Schedule 2, paragraphs 1 – 24, 29, 30, 35, 36, 38, 39, 45 – 47, and 49
    01/04/2011 Certain provisions come into force (see SI 2011/694)
    06/04/2011 Certain provisions come into force (see SI 2011/694)
    01/10/2011 Certain provisions come into force (see SI 2011/2204)
    01/11/2011 Certain provisions come into force (see SI 2011/2204)
    01/12/2011 Sections 38 and 39 are bought into force by SI 2011/2856
    06/04/2012 Section 31 (‘Amendment of other Acts’), so far as it relates to the provisions of Schedule 2 commenced by this article and Schedule 2, paragraphs 26, 27, 31, 32(1), (2), (3), (5), (6) and (7), 33 and 34, regarding the amendment of the Land Drainage A
    01/08/2012 Section 30 and Schedule 1, so far as not already commenced, enter into force (see SI 2012/2000)
    01/10/2012 Section 42 comes into force (see SI 2012/2048)
    01/01/2015 Section 45 of the Act, so far as not already commenced and in relation to undertakers whose areas are wholly or mainly in Wales, comes into force
    02/05/2018 Section 32 and Schedule 3, in relation to sustainable drainage, are brought into force for Wales for the purpose of making subordinate legislation (see WSI 2018/557)
    07/01/2019 Section 32 and Schedule 3 are brought into force for Wales, insofar as not already in force (see WSI 2018/557)

    Characteristics

    Subject

    Land and development Water

    Source

    OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

    Affected Sectors

    Cross-sector Agriculture Animal Boarding and Pest Control Water Accommodation and Catering Offices Real Estate and Public Administration Public Sector

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