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Flood and Water Management Act 2010


314.Paragraph 25 amends section 13 of the Reservoirs Act 1975 (discontinuance of large raised reservoirs).

315.Sub-paragraphs (2) and (4) amend section 13(1) and 13(3) of the Reservoirs Act 1975 to substitute for “more than 25,000” the figure “10,000” to reflect the new definition of large raised reservoir (see paragraph 2 of Schedule 4).

316.Paragraph 25(3) inserts new subsections (1A) to (1E) after section 13(1) of the Reservoirs Act 1975. These provisions allow a qualified civil engineer to issue an interim certificate if he thinks that the level of water in the reservoir should be reduced before the alteration is completed, and requires the undertaker to ensure that the reservoir does not contain water except in accordance with the interim certificate.

317.Paragraph 25(5) adds at the end of section 13 of the Reservoirs Act 1975 new subsections (4) and (5). New section 13(4) enables the Minister by order to substitute a different volume of water for that specified in section 13(1) and 13(3) in line with changes made to the volume capacity specified in new section A1. New section 13(5) allows the Environment Agency to serve a notice requiring the undertaker to appoint a qualified civil engineer where it appears to the Environment Agency that such an engineer has not been employed as required by section 13(1) of the Reservoirs Act 1975. Paragraph 26 makes consequential amendments to sections 15 (reserve powers) and 22(1)(b) (criminal liability) of the Reservoirs Act 1975.

318.An order made under new section 13(4) is subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

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