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Broadland Agricultural Water Abstractors Group

Chairman: Anthony Seaman

Treasurer: Nick Deane

Communication: Steve Moncaster (07710 608710)

Written Communication: c/o Bure Farm Services, Farm Office, Lower Street, Hoveton, Norwich, NG12 8JG

Committee & Observers: Anthony Seaman, Tim Place, Nick Deane, Tim Papworth, Steve Lawley, Jamie Harrison, Tony Bambridge, Andrew Peal, Christopher Deane, Flora Archer, Louis Baugh, Gavin Paterson, Toby Mermagen & Mark Murray

Membership & Technical Advisor: Steve Moncaster

BAWAG is an association of 170 agricultural and horticultural abstractors based around Norfolk Broads in East Anglia. BAWAG was formed in 1997 in response to the 1994 Habitat Directive. BAWAG represents abstractors interests in North Norfolk CAMS and Broadland CAMS.

BAWAG acts as a forum for discussion of sustainable agricultural water management, it encourages its members to both have a greater involvement in water policy and to strive for wise and sustainable use of water resources.


Purchase Orders have been issued to start work on the Norfolk Sustainable Abstraction (NSA) programme. Preparatory work has started on the BAWAG NSA programme and over the rest of the summer will involve setting up and testing our version of the EAs the Northern East Anglian Chalk (NEAC) model. The aim is to prepare for a meeting with the EA in October or November where we can discuss & agree the technical approaches that we will use to engage with both the EA Broads Plan and, in Chalk catchments in the north & north-west Norfolk, the National Framework for Water Resources. For more details see the NSA Programme page. [04/08/23]
Advance notice: BAWAG AGM March 24 2023 starting 2pm at the AF Group Offices, Honingham Thorpe, Colton, Norwich, NR9 5BZ. Agenda and papers to follow Committee meeting March 6 2023 [26/02/23]
October 2022: Environment Agency publish Drought Update briefing note. See Environment Agency page for details. In summary, no return to normal flows expected until we experience a prolonged period of "effective" rainfall. This usually means in the autumn & winter and so the Drought status remains unchanged. Without above average rainfall over the winter, we remain at risk of drought in 2023. [30/09/22]

Funding of BAWAG

Funded by subscription.  Rates based on the number of cubic meters of licenced abstraction quantity.

2007 Water Efficiency Awards

BAWAG won the "Inspiring Change" category at a presentation held at the Energy Clinic on 6th March 2007.

Water Audits/efficiency

BAWAG encourages members to conduct water audits to show efficiency.