Research and analysis

Optimum use of water for industry and agricultural dependent on direct abstraction

The report gives guidance on appropriate quantities of water to be used for typical practices within agriculture and industry to assist Environment Agency staff in the assessment of proposed or existing water abstraction licences

Documents

Optimum Use of Water for Industry and Agricultural Dependent on Direct Abstraction

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Optimum Use of Water for Industry and Agriculture: Phase 3 Best Practice Manual

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Details

The Water Resources Act 1991 and its preceding legislation provides the Environment Agency with the means to manage water resources through the licensing of abstractions. Detailed demand forecasting techniques are available to EA staff when assessing the need for Public Water Supply applications, but there is currently little guidance concerning the water needs of industry and agriculture.

This report provides information on the optimum water requirements of different agricultural and industrial practices, and will allow Environment Agency staff to assess whether an existing or proposed abstraction is taking the appropriate quantities of water for an identified purpose.

Published 1 January 1998