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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

High-risk reservoirs: monitoring and supervision

307.Paragraphs 16 and 17 amend sections 11 and 12 of the Reservoirs Act 1975 (monitoring and supervision). Sections 11 and 12, as amended, apply to high-risk reservoirs only.

308.Paragraph 17(3) inserts subsections (2A) and (2B) after section 12(2) of the Reservoirs Act 1975. New subsections 12(2A) and (2B) require the supervising engineer to provide the undertaker with a statement of any steps taken to maintain the reservoir in accordance with the recommendations of the inspecting engineer under new section 10(3)(b) at least once every 12 months.

309.Paragraph 17(5) adds subsections (6) to (8) to the end of section 12 of the Reservoirs Act 1975. New section 12(6) gives the supervising engineer the power to direct the undertaker to carry out a visual inspection of the reservoir at specified intervals for the purpose of identifying anything that might affect the safety of the reservoir. These provisions will enable supervising engineers to set out how undertakers can keep a look out for potential problems, such as growing leaks or embankment subsidence which if caught early can avoid worse problems, including emergency situations, developing later on. New section 12(7) requires the undertaker to notify the supervising engineer of each visual inspection that is carried out and anything noticed in the course of it. New section 12(8) allows the Minister to issue guidance to supervising engineers about supervision in accordance with section 12 of the Reservoirs Act 1975 (as amended).

310.Paragraph 19 inserts subsections (1AC) and (1AD) into section 22 of the Reservoirs Act 1975 (criminal liability). Under new section 22(1AC), it is an offence, without reasonable excuse, to fail to comply with the requirements of new section 12(6) or 12(7). New section 22(1AD) sets out the penalty for this offence.

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