Water in UK Law

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Leading Cases
  • Sedleigh-Denfield v O'Callaghan and Others
    • House of Lords
    • 24 Junio 1940

    A balance has to be maintained between the right of the occupier to do what he likes with his own, and the right of his neighbour not to be interfered with. It is impossible to give any precise or universal formula, but it may broadly be said that a useful test is perhaps what is reasonable according to the ordinary usages of mankind living in society, or more correctly in a particular society.

  • Marcic v Thames Water Utilities Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 04 Diciembre 2003

    In my view the cause of action in nuisance asserted by Mr Marcic is inconsistent with the statutory scheme. Mr Marcic's claim is expressed in various ways but in practical terms it always comes down to this: Thames Water ought to build more sewers. This is the only way Thames Water can prevent sewer flooding of Mr Marcic's property. This is the only way because it is not suggested that Thames Water failed to operate its existing sewage system properly by not cleaning or maintaining it.

    The existence of a parallel common law right, whereby individual householders who suffer sewer flooding may themselves bring court proceedings when no enforcement order has been made, would set at nought the statutory scheme. It would effectively supplant the regulatory role the Director was intended to discharge when questions of sewer flooding arise.

  • Cargill v Gotts
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 18 Diciembre 1980

    I conclude that every abstraction of water by the plaintiff from Mill Pond after 30th June 1965 was illegal. It follows, in my judgment, that the plaintiff cannot rely on any abstraction of water carried out after 30th June 1965 in order to establish an easement by prescription. The court will not recognise an easement established by illegal activity. The 1963 Act, however, does not contain any provision which destroys an easement already acquired.

  • British Waterways Board v Severn Trent Water Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 02 Marzo 2001

    Whether or not that premise could have been supported in the context of a public authority charged with functions imposed in the interests of public health, it cannot be supported, as it seems to me, in the context of legislation enacted following a decision to privatise the water industry.

  • Rochdale Borough Council v Dixon
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 20 Octubre 2011

    If, therefore, by arrangement with Rochdale, it was Rochdale who invoiced and collected those water charges, it could properly be said that Rochdale did so on behalf of UU.

    Indeed, I would include the simple preposition "for" as one of the possible meanings. Thus, even if perchance the ultimately correct analysis of the agreement were to be found not in agency, but, for instance, in the concept of assignment (if, indeed, the statutory claims of water undertakers on their customers can be assigned), it would seem to me that the arrangements still amounted to a collection and recovery of water charges "on behalf of" the water undertaker.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Computer Room Water Protection
    • Nbr. 8-3, March 1990
    • Library Hi Tech
    • 47-52
    Water can enter computer rooms from numerous sources: air conditioners; roof, floor, and wall leaks; backed‐up floor drains; fire sprinklers; and so on. While insulated power and signal cables may ...
  • Global Water Issues Confronting Humanity
    • Nbr. 27-2, May 1990
    • Journal of Peace Research
    Water's central role in the biosphere implies that several of the large issues confronting humanity are in fact related to water: pollution, desertification, water scarcity-related conflicts, water...
  • Jill Robbie, Private Water Rights
    • Nbr. , September 2016
    • Edinburgh Law Review
    • 408-409
  • Water for peace? Post-conflict water resource management in Kosovo
    • Nbr. 52-2, June 2017
    • Cooperation and Conflict
    Water resource management (WRM) has increasingly come to be considered within the realm of peacebuilding. Through investigating the case of water resource management in Kosovo after 1999, this stud...
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  • Chapter BIM24155
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ......The Corporation owned a water works that supplied its own town and also two neighbouring towns, Stevenston and Saltcoats. All recipients were charged a water rate and the Revenue ......
  • Chapter SPIR4120
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    • HM Revenue & Customs
    ......A typical industrial ethanol ‘distiller’ produces around 16,000,000 litres of alcohol per month. The process. Ethylene gas and water are piped into a furnace where they are heated to 300 degrees Celsius. The heated mixture then passes to the reaction chamber, where a catalyst is ......
  • Chapter CIRD69001
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ...... terms controlled waters means territorial waters within the 3 nautical mile limit, coastal waters extending inland, inland waters and ground water. Specifically:. In England and Wales it has the same meaning as in Part III Water Resources Act 1991. In Scotland it has the same meaning as in ......
  • Chapter CISR14330
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ...... . .  . Vinyl sheeting. CISR14170. . .  . Walls. CISR14320. . .  . Water boiler. CISR14090. . .  . Water mains. CISR14320. . .  . Water purifier. CISR14090. . ......
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