ENVIRONMENT AGENCY Water Resources Act 1991 (as amended by the Water Act 2003)Notice ID: MF0533420
Water Resources Act 1991 (as amended by the Water Act 2003)
Notice of application to vary a full licence to abstract (take) water.
Affinity Water Limited has applied to the Environment Agency to vary a licence.
The Environment Agency is giving notice of this application, in accordance with Section 37 of the Water Resources Act 1991 and Regulation 6 of the Water Resources (Abstraction and Impounding) Regulations 2006. The application is to vary existing licence serial number 28/39/28/0480, which authorises the abstraction of groundwater from sites near Batchworth, West Hyde and Blackford at National Grid References TQ 06 93, TQ 04 91 and TQ 05 88 respectively. The variation applied for comprises of three components, outlined below:
• An extension to the period that they may abstract 32,120,000 cubic metres per year from 31 March 2020 to 31 March 2025. Thereafter, the annual abstraction rate will reduce to 29,200,000 cubic metres per year. This limit applies to the combined abstraction at the three sites listed above and six other sites which are not affected by this proposal.
• An increase in the peak daily abstraction rate at the Batchworth site from 20,457 cubic metre per day to 28,000 cubic metres per day, effective for 30 months. The licensed annual volume of water will not increase as a result of this.
• An increase in the peak daily abstraction rate at the West Hyde site from 20,457 cubic metres per day to 22,457 cubic metres per day, effective for 30 months. The licensed annual volume of water will not increase as a result of this. The increase in peak daily abstraction rates will only commence in the event that the Blackford site, which allows abstraction at a rate of 20,000 cubic metres per day, and/or other sites are affected by turbidity arising from construction of HS2 and are experiencing full or partial outage. All water abstracted is for the purpose of public water supply and the variation will contribute to maintaining resilience of supply during episodes of peak demand. This proposal is not to enable Affinity Water Limited to supply High Speed Two (HS2) Limited with construction water.
You can view the application and documents submitted with it at the following locations during normal office hours (Monday to Friday, except bank holidays): Environment Agency, Alchemy, Bessemer Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 1HE (telephone a minimum of 24 hours in advance for appointment 03708 506 506) or Affinity Water Limited, Tamblin Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9EZ (telephone a minimum of 24 hours in advance for appointment 01707 268111)
You can view a summary of the application from the Public Register at the Environment Agency address given above, during normal office hours.
You can view the application and supporting documents online at: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/ affinity-water-limited-27731
Send any representation about this application in writing, quoting the name of the applicant and Reference Number NPS/WR/027731 to the Environment Agency, at Permitting and Support Centre, Water Resources Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield S9 4WF or by email firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st January 2020. For advice about how to make a representation call 03708 506 506.