Independent report

Reservoir review: part B (2020)

Independent review of reservoir safety and legislation. This follows on from the Toddbrook reservoir incident review carried out in 2019.



An independent review of reservoir safety legislation and its application was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2020 and was led by Professor David Balmforth.

This review report, published in May 2021, provides a comprehensive assessment of the current safety regime in England. It makes recommendations for improving the safety regime and to strengthen the roles and responsibilities for the regulator, reservoir owners and engineers.

Defra will take forward detailed work with the Environment Agency and the industry, to explore the review recommendations to ensure we have a reservoir safety regime that is fit for the future.

Read the report from the Toddbrook reservoir incident independent review (Part A)

Published 9 June 2020
Last updated 13 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added the review report.

  2. First published.