A scoping study looking at the requirements of the reservoir industry with respect to reservoir conuits.
The Environment Agency is the regulatory authority for reservoirs in England and Wales and is charged with monitoring compliance with The Reservoirs Act 1975. The draft Defra Reservoir Safety Research Strategy (2008) recognised that there have been several reported incidents and dam failures as a result of defects in conduits in dams. The strategy recommended a research project review the guidance that is available on the management of reservoir conduits.
In response to the recommendation, we commissioned this scoping study to review the guidance available to reservoir practitioners and to consider the need for further research and/or guidance on the inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repair of conduits in UK reservoirs.