If you abstract more than 20 cubic metres (m³) of water a day from surface waters or groundwater, you must get an abstraction licence from the NIEA.
If you abstract 20m³ or less of water a day you must:
- be able to demonstrate the volume of water you abstract
- minimise water leaks
- prevent any contamination or pollution.
If you abstract between 10m³ and 20m³ of water a day you must also notify the NIEA.
Check if you need an impoundment licence
If you impound (store) water on a watercourse, for example to create a reservoir, you may need an impoundment licence from the NIEA.
For more information about when you need an abstraction or impoundment licence, see our guideline: