Water Abstraction Licences

Where to find the Water Abstraction Licences data

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As part of this decommissioning the Water Abstraction Licences data will be removed.

What is Water Abstraction Licences?

Water can be abstracted (taken) from groundwater, surface water, or tidal water.
An abstraction licence details of what is permitted such as how much water is allowed to be abstracted and at what times.

Water rights trading is the transfer of rights to abstract water from one person to another. It involves the trading of rights only, not the trading of actual water.

Key to understanding the Water Abstraction Licences Map

Water Abstraction Licences within a Catchment

River Catchment -  shows all the water abstraction licences that fall within each river catchment. Click within a catchment for details of the licences within that catchment.

 

Water Abstraction from Groundwater Sources

Small size of abstraction Small size of abstraction - the licence allows a maximum of 100 cubic meters to be abstracted daily, within the permitted period, from a groundwater source.

Medium size of abstraction Medium size of abstraction - the licence allows a maximum of 2,499 cubic meters to be abstracted daily, within the permitted period, from a groundwater source.

Large size of abstraction  Large size of abstraction - the licence allows abstraction over 2,500 cubic meters daily, within the permitted period, from a groundwater source.

 

Water Abstraction from Surface Water Sources

Small size of abstraction Small size of abstraction - the licence allows a maximum of 100 cubic meters to be abstracted daily, within the permitted period, from a surface water source.

Medium size of abstraction Medium size of abstraction - the licence allows a maximum of 2,499 cubic meters to be abstracted daily, within the permitted period, from a surface water source.

Large size of abstraction  Large size of abstraction - the licence allows abstraction over 2,500 cubic meters daily, within the permitted period, from a tidal water source.

 

Water Abstraction from Tidal Water Sources

Small size of abstraction Small size of abstraction - the licence allows a maximum of 100 cubic meters to be abstracted daily, within the permitted period, from a tidal water source.

Medium size of abstraction Medium size of abstraction - the licence allows a maximum of 2,499 cubic meters to be abstracted daily, within the permitted period, from a tidal water source.

Large size of abstraction  Large size of abstraction - the licence allows abstraction over 2,500 cubic meters daily, within the permitted period, from a tidal water source.