Policy paper

Thames catchment abstraction licensing strategy

Sets out the current water resource availability along the River Thames and the strategy for managing water resources in this catchment.


Thames catchment abstraction management strategy

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This document sets out how much water there is available for abstraction within the Thames catchment, after consideration of the needs of the environment and existing abstractors. It details how the Environment Agency will manage water resources, what conditions may be applied to new abstraction licences within the catchment, and how these licences will be determined.

Published 1 June 2004
Last updated 18 June 2014 + show all updates
  1. The document format has been revised and the content simplified. The licencing strategy this document concerns is unchanged, save for larger consumptive abstractions (2Ml/d or greater).
  2. First published.