Bristol Water Plc and Wessex Water Services Limited Consultation

Closed 8 Jun 2018

Opened 11 May 2018

Overview

We are seeking your comments on an application to vary five licences for the purpose of restoring sustainable abstraction in the catchment and ensuring amenity flows through Malmesbury.

The Environment Agency is giving notice of these applications, in accordance with Section 37 and Section 51 of the Water Resources Act 1991) and Regulation 6 of the Water Resources (Abstraction and Impounding) Regulations 2006.

 

 

Why we are consulting

The licences each authorise abstraction for the purpose of public water supply and/or augmentation of the River Avon and its tributaries from groundwater sources around Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Bristol Water have applied to aggregate the quantities authorised for public water supply through licences 17/53/006/G/006, 17/53/006/G/007 and 17/53/006/G/008. The proposal is to reduce aggregate quantities from 22.2 mega-litres per day, 7,830 mega-litres per year to 12.1 mega-litres per day, 3,753 mega-litres per year respectively. Individual licensed quantities will remain unaltered.  Control will be based on a local groundwater level which may restrict aggregate abstraction to 9.79 or 8.29 mega-litres per day on a 30 day rolling average.

Wessex Water Services have also applied to vary their licences 17/53/001/G/410 and 17/53/001/G/203. These licences presently authorise abstraction for public water supply and augmentation from ten locations around Malmesbury (refer to the table below), subject to specified flow conditions as measured by Environment Agency flow gauging stations on the River Avon and tributaries.

Wessex Water - Public Water Supply (mega-litres)

Location

Present daily

Present annual

Proposed daily

Proposed annual

Rodbourne

14.4/13.01

5,200

13.0

4,745

Charlton

16.1/13.61

5,800

13.6

4,900

Park Road

1.3/0.01

400

0.0

0.0

Cowbridge

10.0/7.51

3,600

7.5

2,737

Milborne

5.7

2,080

5.7

2,080

Total

47.5/39.11

14,5402

39.12

12,7752

1 Dependent on the amount of stream support occurring

2 Aggregate

Wessex Water - Stream Support (mega-litres)

Location

Present daily

Present annual

Proposed daily

Proposed annual

Tetbury

2.5

900

7.0

2,555

3,8001

Stanbridge

2.5

900

10.0

18.01

3,650

Luckington

2.5

900

10.0

3,650

Hullavington

2.5

900

2.5

400

Lower Stanton St Q

2.5

900

2.5

900

Charlton

2.5

900

2.5

900

Park Road

10.0

3,600

0.0

0.0

Cowbridge

2.5

900

0.0

0.0

Total

261

9,4901

32.51

6,000

1 Aggregate

 

What happens next

We need to decide whether we grant or refuse what the operator has asked for. We do this by looking at the information provided in the application. We also look at any comment recieved from other organisations and the public.

Audiences

  • Recreational and commercial river users
  • Fishing clubs and representative associations
  • Members of the public with an interest in the river, the species and conservation
  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Statutory organisations
  • NGOs
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils
  • Academics
  • The nuclear industry
  • All water abstractors
  • Environment Agency customers
  • Net fishing license holders
  • River based salmon angling owners/fishing clubs/organisations
  • Individual migratory salmonid licence holders
  • Business that buy salmon/supported by salmon net and rod fishing
  • Angling trade contacts
  • National based fishery, conservation and landowner organisations
  • Government family organisations
  • IDBs
  • Local authorities
  • District and parish councils
  • Environmental bodies
  • Land owners
  • Farming associations
  • Drainage associations
  • RFCCs
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Water companies
  • Members of the public
  • Recreational and commercial river users
  • Community groups
  • Flood action groups
  • Metal recycling trade associations and site operators
  • Operators
  • UK Border Force
  • Medium Combustion Plants
  • Environment Agency colleagues
  • Lead Local Flood Authorities
  • Local Risk Management Authorities
  • Flood Resilience Forums
  • Somerset Rivers Authority
  • Members of the public
  • Town and parish councils
  • Regional Flood and Coastal Committees
  • Internal Drainage Boards

Interests

  • Water resources