EPA got 1,359 early wa­ter ab­strac­tion reg­is­tra­tions

Part 2 of our wa­ter ab­strac­tion reg­is­ter guide

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

Most of the pub­lic and group wa­ter sup­ply schemes, and a rea­son­able pro­por­tion of ab­strac­tions in many other sec­tors, have made sub­mis­sions for the reg­is­ter of wa­ter ab­strac­tions be­ing de­vel­oped by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, which is re­quired by EU reg­u­la­tions.

The EPA has been asked to es­tab­lish and man­age a na­tional reg­is­ter of people who ab­stract more than 25 cu­bic me­ters (25,000 litres) of wa­ter per day.

The Depart­ment of Hous­ing Plan­ning and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment says there are about 3,000 wa­ter ab­strac­tions of 25 cu­bic me­ters or more of wa­ter on a given day, and 1,359 ab­strac­tion reg­is­tra­tions were made with the EPA by Novem­ber 30, re­lat­ing to about 2,200 ab­strac­tion points. An ad­di­tional 144 people had reg­is­tered for ac­cess to the ab­strac­tion web por­tal, but had not com­pleted their reg­is­tra­tion.

Of the reg­is­tra­tions to Novem­ber 30, 73% (998) were ab­strac­tions for pro­vi­sion of drink­ing wa­ter.

Only two were for golf course ab­strac­tions, although more than 300 golf cour­ses are likely to have ab­strac­tions that re­quire reg­is­tra­tion. An EPA spokesper­son said, “There are also sev­eral sec­tors, such as quar­ry­ing, hy­dro-power, and race cour­ses, where we have had good en­gage­ment with sec­toral rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and have al­ready had a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of reg­is­tra­tions. “But we are aware that rep­re­sen­ta­tives within the sec­tors are as­sist­ing their mem­bers with reg­is­tra­tion, and there­fore we are ex­pect­ing fur­ther reg­is­tra­tions from these sec­tors in the com­ing weeks.

The EPA will also work closely with the Depart­ment

“There are about 3,000 wa­ter ab­strac­tions of 25 cu­bic me­ters or more of wa­ter on a given day, but only 1,359 ab­strac­tion reg­is­tra­tions were made with the EPAup to Novem­ber 30”

of Hous­ing Plan­ning and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties with re­gards to iden­ti­fy­ing small com­mer­cial en­ter­prises and any pub­lic au­thor­ity build­ing ab­strac­tions that may not yet have reg­is­tered.

More reg­is­tra­tions are also likely to be sought by farm­ers, with only 72 reg­is­tered to Novem­ber 30, which is less than 10% of the num­ber ex­pected.

■ How of­ten do I need to up­date my reg­is­tra­tion?

>> When you are aware that in­for­ma­tion con­tained in the reg­is­ter is in­cor­rect, you are re­quired to up­date the reg­is­tra­tion.

Where there are sig­nif­i­cant changes in the ab­strac­tion vol­umes, you are re­quired to up­date the reg­is­tra­tion. A sig­nif­i­cant change for ex­am­ple could be an in­crease or de­crease of 25 cu­bic me­ters per day or more in ab­stracted vol­ume, or any change that would negate the need for the ab­strac­tion to be reg­is­tered.

If the max­i­mum daily ab­strac­tion vol­ume de­creases below 25 cu­bic me­tres per day, the ab­strac­tion should be de-reg­is­tered. If an ab­strac­tion is not reg­is­tered, and the max­i­mum daily vol­ume in­creases above 25 cu­bic me­tres the ab­strac­tion must be reg­is­tered.

■ Is the reg­is­tra­tion equiv­a­lent to a li­cence?

>> No. The Min­is­ter for Hous­ing, Plan­ning and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in­di­cated in the River Basin Man­age­ment Plan 2018-2021 that pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on an ap­pro­pri­ate con­trol regime would take place in the second half of 2018, to help in­form the na­ture of any such li­cens­ing regime.

■ What will the reg­is­tra­tion data be used for?

>> The EPA does not plan to pub­lish a de­tailed pub­lic ab­strac­tion reg­is­ter, as it may con­tain com­mer­cially sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion or in­for­ma­tion that could jeop­ar­dise the se­cu­rity of wa­ter sup­plies.

How­ever, sum­maries will be pub­lished to pro­vide gen­eral in­for­ma­tion, and to sat­isfy Wa­ter Frame­work Di­rec­tive and Euro­pean En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EEA) re­port­ing re­quire­ments.

■ Will I get con­fir­ma­tion from the EPA of my reg­is­tra­tion?

>> Fol­low­ing sub­mis­sion of a reg­is­tra­tion in the Wa­ter Ab­strac­tions Mo­d­ule, a sum­mary of the reg­is­tra­tion will be shown with a Reg­is­tra­tion Num­ber. The sum­mary and Reg­is­tra­tion Num­ber will also be emailed. The reg­is­tra­tion num­ber should be re­tained as proof of reg­is­tra­tion.

■ What if I move, or per­ma­nently cease ab­stract­ing wa­ter?

It is the reg­is­trant’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­tact the EPA to de-reg­is­ter if they are no longer in­volved with the ab­strac­tion or per­ma­nently cease ab­stract­ing wa­ter.

■ What’s the pro­ce­dure for trans­fer­ring own­er­ship/re­spon­si­bil­ity for an ab­strac­tion?

>> The new owner/per­son re­spon­si­ble must re-reg­is­ter the ab­strac­tion af­ter the pre­vi­ous owner has un-reg­is­tered it.

■ What if my ab­strac­tion is only tem­po­rary?

>> Tem­po­rary ab­strac­tions must be reg­is­tered un­less the ab­strac­tion is a one-off oc­cur­rence with a du­ra­tion no more than 24 hours.

For all other tem­po­rary ab­strac­tions, a point of ab­strac­tion must be iden­ti­fied and the max­i­mum ab­strac­tion should be used when reg­is­ter­ing. Once a one-off tem­po­rary ab­strac­tion ceases, it should be de-reg­is­tered.

■ What if I get some­one to ab­stract wa­ter on my be­half?

>> It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the per­son who re­quested the wa­ter ab­strac­tion to en­sure that the wa­ter ab­strac­tion is reg­is­tered.

■ What if I am not the landowner and I rent the land with the wa­ter ab­strac­tion?

>> If the ab­stracted wa­ter is put to many uses by dif­fer­ent people, then all are li­able in re­la­tion to the ab­strac­tion and one of those people must reg­is­ter the ab­strac­tion. Where land is rented, ei­ther the landowner or the per­son rent­ing the land should ar­range to have the ab­strac­tion reg­is­tered.

The EPA has been asked to es­tab­lish and man­age a na­tional reg­is­ter of people who ab­stract more than 25 cu­bic me­ters (25,000 litres) of wa­ter per day. Only 72 farm­ers reg­is­tered by Novem­ber 30, less than 10% of the num­ber ex­pected.

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