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Eversheds comment: Legislation to achieve better water security still years away

  • United Kingdom

    03-11-2014

    On news that the threat to the world’s water security is far worse than thought, Clive Mottram, head of water regulation at law firm Eversheds, comments:

    “There is widespread acknowledgement that water use must be managed on a sustainable basis if water scarcity is not to become a more common global issue but, sadly, there has been little action to deliver this objective.

    “In the UK, groundwater abstraction is controlled and requires an abstraction licence. However, there is a general recognition that the UK’s current system of controls on water abstraction, which date from the 1960s, is in need of updating and modernisation to encourage more water trading, plus more efficient and effective use of our precious water resources. New legislation to achieve this is planned, but remains some years away.”

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