Farmers taking water from rivers face new regulations

Farmers taking large volumes of water from rivers are set to be slapped with regulations under new laws next month.


Environmental legal experts are suggesting that licences will soon be needed to take water from the nation’s rivers and that by the middle of November, a database will be maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Anyone extracting more than 25 cubic metres per day of water from a river will be registered on this database.


The new laws come in under EU regulations next month.


Leitrim IFA Chairman James Gallagher says the new regulations will added pressure to Farmers and could well be seen as another water charge.