Reservoir Safety in Wales - Welsh Government Consultation

The Welsh Government's consultation on the process for bringing into force the amendments to the Reservoirs Act 1975 has now started and will end on 13th August 2014.

This consultation (document available here) seeks views on how to bring Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act in Wales into force.  This makes amendments to the Reservoirs Act 1975.  It is proposed that the whole of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 comes into force in one go in Wales.  This means that the 1975 Act, as amended by the 2010 Act will apply to all large raised reservoirs with a capacity of over 10,000 cubic metres immediately.  This is about 4 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Responsibility for the enforcement of reservoir safety in Wales rests with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and they will be responsible for identifying the reservoirs that are at risk.  High risk reservoirs are those where human life would be in danger should there be an uncontrolled release of water.

Comments on these proposals are welcomed.  All responses, including alternative suggestions to the preferred option, will be considered.

For further details and to respond please visit the Welsh Government website here

The consultation will end on 13 August 2014.


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