Water available in our catchments

Water available in our catchments

Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies (CAMS) assess the amount of water available in each river catchment. As part of this work we periodically review all abstraction licenses to determine whether or not they are having an unsustainable impact on the environment.

What we do

We are working to ensure that water companies, farmers and industry do not take too much water from the environment.

We manage the amount of water taken from the environment through a permitting system, by regulating existing licences and, where appropriate, granting new ones.

This work will ensure sustainable water levels in rivers, lakes and marshes, improving wildlife habitats and protecting endangered species. It will also ensure that water is available to supply our growing population and economy.