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Water Supply: Catchment Abstraction Management

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

How many catchments and sub-catchments have so far been assessed under the Environment Agency’s catchments abstraction management strategy; and what proportion of each category has been assessed as (a) over-abstracted, and (b) over-licensed. [HL7088]

As at March 2006, the Environment Agency had completed 64 catchment abstraction management strategies (CAMS) out of a total of 119.

The 64 CAMS have 871 assessment points. An assessment point is a location in a catchment where an estimate of resource availability and the impact of abstraction and discharge has been made.

For the CAMS prepared to date, 12 per cent of the assessment points suggest there may be cases of over-licensing; with a further 10 per cent suggesting that they are over-abstracted.