Wheatley Watersource hosts and provides access to valuable data and information through a map interface, previously only available via disparate sources. It identifies river basins, water catchments and water bodies for the whole country and the Water Framework Directive, (WFD) environmental status for a water body. It also shows abstraction points within the pilot area and who holds the abstraction licence.
Using Wheatley Watersource will enable water abstraction licence holders, farmers and other landowners to identify opportunities to share or trade water. A user can advertise if they have water available or if they need water, how much and for what purpose, along with the location of any storage reservoirs.
A trade map shows the locations of ‘need’ and ‘offer’ posts to help people connect. For the pilot, posts are presented in order of distance, making it easy to identify those providing the greatest opportunity for trade.
Once a trade opportunity between a donor and recipient has been identified, Wheatley Watersource assesses the viability of trade against complex Environmental Legislation. It informs both parties if 1) there are any discrepancies in the information they have provided, 2) if they can go ahead and trade without referring to the Environment Agency – a ‘fast trade’ or 3) if they must seek approval/licence variation from the Environment Agency.
If a trade opportunity needs to be referred to the Environment Agency, the software will capture the relevant donor and recipient information and complete the ‘pre-application’ service.*
Wheatley Watersource tracks trade opportunities and records outcomes for when water trade or sharing does take place, as well as when it does not, and why not. This information isn’t personalised, and your data remains private.
*For the pilot phase, Wheatley Watersource cannot facilitate full application due to the Environment Agency’s legislation which requires abstractors to complete the official forms published by them and is a chargeable service. The Environment Agency information needs are complex, and Wheatley Solutions continues to work with them to progress from pilot to full solution.