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Only required over 20m³/day
Usually done by the drilling company

Abstraction license

FWT are able to assist with the abstraction licence process if required, however this would usually be the remit of the project consultant or drilling companiesBelow is an overview of the process involved.

As of April 2005, abstractions of less than 20m³/day do not require licensing by The Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales. You should be aware that they do have the authority to set a lower limit in certain areas of the country, and that you are advised to inform the British Geological Survey of the construction of any boreholes greater than 15m in depth. FWT recommend that you make the relevant submissions or request that your drillers do.

Typical Application process (may be subject to variation depending on location and water catchment)

Stage 1: Application to The Environment Agency (EA) or Natural Resources Wales (NRW)

Stage 2: Water Features Survey (WFS).

Stage 3: Drilling of Borehole and Pump Installation.

Stage 4: Pump Testing and Associated Monitoring.

Stage 5: Analysis of Test Pumping Data.

Stage 6: Application Fee.

Stage 7: Advertising.

Stage 8: Approval of licence.



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