The Environment Agency.
Licences for abstracting water.
If you abstract or impound water and were exempt from requiring a licence under the Water Resources Act 1991, the law has changed and you may now need to apply for an abstraction licence.
You need a licence if you want to take more than 20 cubic metres of water per day from a surface or groundwater source. This has been the case since January 2018 and the 2 year transitional period ends 31st December 2019. If you have not applied for a licence it is important that you do so before the deadline.
It is an offence to abstract without a licence and The Environment Agency may take enforcement action against you if you don’t apply and continue to abstract after 31st December.