Cross Compliance: Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2015 (GCCE 2015 v1)

GAEC 2: Water abstraction


(Previously GAEC 18)

You must have a licence from the Environment Agency (EA) to take (abstract) more than 20 cubic metres (4,400 gallons) of water, from an inland or underground source for irrigation, in a single day.

What you must do

  • You must have a licence from the Environment Agency (EA) to take (abstract) more than 20 cubic metres (4,400 gallons) of water, from an inland or underground source for irrigation, in a single day.
  • Once you have an abstraction licence (issued by the EA) you must comply with its conditions when abstracting water for irrigation purposes.
  • You don’t need a licence if you abstract 20 cubic metres (4,400 gallons) or less in a period of 24 hours, provided your abstraction is part of a single operation. If you abstract from the same source at multiple points, the exemption only applies if the combined total of all abstractions is 20 cubic metres or less a day.

More information

There is more guidance available online about water management: abstract or impound water.

Contact

Rural Payments Agency: 0345 603 7777

Environment Agency: 03708 506 506

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