Cover from our Draft Water Resources Management Plan Dec 2015

Water resources management is about making sure there is enough water for homes and businesses while protecting the natural environment.

Our Water Resource Management Plan outlines how we will maintain a sustainable balance between water supplies and demand over the next 25 years.

It describes how we propose to maintain that balance by investing in demand management – metering and water efficiency for example – and developing new water resources.

Our services must cater for an increasing population and underpin and support economic growth. We must also take account of the changing climate and the need to protect the environment. We’ll need to use a whole range of different measures to make sure everyone has enough water: more efficient water use in homes and businesses, wasting less water, providing more storage and finding new water sources.

It is our responsibility to update the Plan every 5 years. Our last plan was published in 2010.

From May to August 2013 we consulted with a range of stakeholders on our draft WRMP 2013, and we would like to thank those who have submitted their comments. We took into consideration the comments received and prepared a revised draft WRMP in November 2013 which was submitted to Defra. We prepared a Statement of Response to let you know how we considered all comments and would be reflected in our final Plan. Additional information on our Statement of Response was requested by Defra in March 2014. In response we have produced the report ‘Additional information on our Statement of Response’.

In July 2014 we received approval from the Secretary of State to publish the Final 2015 WRMP, which will become effective from April 2015.

The key elements of our final plan are:

  • Supporting water efficiency, so that customers only use the water they need
  • Reducing the number of leaks from the network of pipes that transports water
  • Transferring water from where there is a surplus to areas of shortage
  • In the long-term, developing additional supplies.

For further details please refer to our Options Appraisal Report and accompanying Appendices.

The WRMP is also accompanied by an environmental assessment to make sure that where we have planned investment for creating new resources or transferring water we will not harm the environment.