Consultation outcome

Reservoir safety: making reservoir emergency on-site flood plans

This consultation has concluded

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Summary and government response

Detail of outcome

The government will proceed to require reservoir owners to have on-site flood plans, as such plans are an essential part of maintaining public safety.

There were 138 responses to the consultation. These are summarised in the Summary and government response document.

Original consultation


Seeking views on making reservoir emergency on-site flood plans a requirement for all reservoirs regulated under the Reservoir Act 1975.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about making all reservoirs have and maintain emergency on-site flood plans and how the requirement could work.

In particular, we’re interested in:

  • what the on-site plans should include
  • how often they should be updated and tested
  • how we can improve the guidance about preparing plans
  • if training for undertakers, engineers, local authority emergency planners and emergency services would be beneficial
Published 16 June 2020
Last updated 27 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added summary and government response.

  2. We've extended the closing date for this consultation to 17 August 2020.

  3. First published.