Only four weeks remain until the deadline for operators to register any reservoir with a capacity great than great than over 25,000 square metres with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), before the registration period ends on 30 September.
Following the introduction of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011, responsibility for reservoir safety will transfer from local authorities to SEPA during 2016, bringing regulation of all existing reservoirs with a capacity greater than 25,000 square metres under a single enforcement authority for Scotland.
To help support the change in regulation, SEPA issued existing operators with pre-populated, hard copy registration forms at the beginning of April, which should be completed and returned before the registration period ends on 30 September.
As registration is a legal requirement under the Act, any operators who fail to provide the relevant forms before the deadline will face a registration charge and possible enforcement action.
Les Watson, SEPA’s Flood Risk Manager, said:
“With only four weeks remaining, it’s imperative that operators complete these forms as soon as possible, not only to avoid charges once the free registration period ends but to comply with their legal obligations.
“The registration data will allow us to issue a provisional risk designation for each reservoir, which may, in certain circumstances, allow a reduced level of inspection once the regulatory duties transfer from local authorities to SEPA. This is a key aspect of the new, risk based approach to reservoir safety.”
Reservoirs with a capacity between 10,000 – 25,000 square metres will also be required to register with SEPA at a later date which has still to be confirmed.