Reservoirs

Ladybower reservoir in the snow The Environment Agency is responsible for 2000 reservoirs in England and Wales and enforces the Reservoirs Act 1975.

The key roles of the Environment Agency in regards to reservoirs are:

  • surveillance - maintaining a register of reservoirs for England and Wales
  • enforcement - achieving compliance
  • and provisionally from spring 2009 we will ensure flood plans are produced for specified reservoirs.

Managing large, raised reservoirs to reduce flood risk is very important. Ultimately this responsibility for safe management remains with the reservoir owners but the Environment Agency have to enforce that responsibility.

The Environment Agency also maintain a register of all large, raised reservoirs and the information it contains is available to the public. You can find a link to more information on their website in the related links section.

If you have a general enquiry on reservoir safety you can call the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506. You can also email them with reservoir enquiries. In an emergency you can call their hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

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