We are updating guidance for the risk assessment of UK reservoirs
An Interim Guide to Quantitative Risk Assessment for UK Reservoirs was published in 2004 to provide a tool for the management of reservoir safety. In 2009 the Environment Agency conducted a scoping study (SC070087/R1) which established the need to update the guidance for reservoir risk assessment. It recommended that the update should meet the needs of a wider range of users and the ‘reservoir industry’. It also needed to mesh more coherently with current UK Government flood risk assessment policy and practice.
The new guidance provides the methodology for a three tiered approach to risk assessment for reservoir safety management together with examples of application. It also provides more detailed justification and background information on aspects of the risk assessment methodologies and approaches. The guidance has benefited from consultation with many others during its development including:
Risk assessments for reservoir safety should be conducted in a robust and consistent way, founded on good practice.