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.



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.