A New Guide to the Reservoirs Act 1975

This new version provides expert guidance on the application of the Reservoirs Act 1975, reflecting the current views and practices of the dam engineering profession and promoting a consistent and proper application of the provisions of the Act.

A new guide to the Reservoirs Act 1975
A new guide to the Reservoirs Act 1975

Who wrote this?

It was published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).


The new, updated guide was published in 2014.


The new edition incorporates the latest amendments introduced through the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, reflecting a more risk-based approach to reservoir regulation and also contains updates from the Water Act 2003.

Who should read this?

Those wishing to learn about the Reservoirs Act 1975 as well as those seeking to comply with its requirements.


The guide has four major parts:

  • Part A: Introduction to the Reservoirs Act 1975
  • Part B: Reservoirs Act 1975
  • Part C: Statutory Instruments
  • Part D: Guidance on issues relating to the Reservoirs Act

For more information or questions, please info@icepublishing.com.

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