Managing water abstraction

This document sets out national policy and the regulatory framework for managing water resources.


Managing water abstraction

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


Our Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy process assesses the availability of water resources for each river catchment, produces a strategy and feeds into investigations to identify failing water quality.

Published 3 May 2013
Last updated 25 October 2016 + show all updates
  1. The Managing Water Abstraction policy paper has been updated.

  2. First published.