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Assessment of impacts of abstraction reform options for final impact assessment - WT1563

This project is designed to gain an understanding of how the alternative abstraction reform policy options perform under different climate change and socio-economic scenarios and in a range of different types of catchments and to inform reform option design. This has involved the development of a detailed hydrological and abstractor behaviour model (ABM). The project has also investigated the scope for future possible changes to discharges, the possible impact on water availability and assessed the different policy options for managing this.

We aimed to capture sufficiently the diversity and complexity of the current abstraction system and the reform options to fulfil three objectives:
• To shape thinking around how the reform options are likely to work in practice and therefore help shape their design to optimise desirable impacts and minimise undesirable impacts;
• To present a sufficiently varied challenge to the reform options to enable us to compare and contrast their performance; and
• To provide input to estimation of costs and benefits included in the Impact Assessment.

We aimed to understand possible future drivers and likelihood of future changes to water company discharges, any impacts that this might have for abstractors downstream of the discharges, and possible policy options that might help mitigate any impacts.

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WT1563 Effect of changing water company discharges on third party abstractors - Final Report   (1272k)
• FRP - Final Report : WT1563 The Impact of Water Abstraction Reform - Final Report   (6557k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2015

Cost: £337,118
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Vivid Economics Ltd, Risk Solutions