Environmental management – guidance

Reservoir safety: a guide for reservoir owners

This publication was withdrawn on 1 August 2016

This document was withdrawn as it didn’t meet the GOV.UK proposition. For information about reservoir safety please contact the Environment Agency’s National Customer Contact Centre.

This document gives advice on how to maintain and operate your reservoir safely and legally.



The Environment Agency has produced this guide to help owners of small embankment reservoirs spot common problems and what they might need to do to prevent a reservoir from failing.

This guide is not a substitute for professional advice. If in doubt, you should always consult a qualified civil engineer, ideally a reservoir panel engineer.