Water Resources Management Plan 2014

Introduction

All water companies in England and Wales are required by the Government to produce a Water Resources Management Plan setting out their plans to maintain a balance between supply and demand for the next 25 years.

We are pleased to announce that on 14 May 2014, Defra advised us that the Secretary of State was satisfied that we should publish our Final Plan in accordance with regulation 6 of the Water Resources Management Plan Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/727). A copy of our Final Plan and a non-technical summary can be found here.

Our published Final Plan (WRMP) is the draft submitted to Defra on 2 April 2013 revised to incorporate the changes identified in our Statement of Response to representations received, including the Appendix, submitted on 11 November 2013.

Copies of the Draft Plan, our Statement of Response, and earlier versions of the Plan, can be found to the right of this page.

The Plan

The Final WRMP 2014 sets out our preferred plan for maintaining the supply demand balance in our supply area from 2015/2016 to 2039/2040 (the ‘planning period’).  It describes the measures proposed for meeting growth in demand from new and existing customers, whilst simultaneously protecting the environment.  The Plan aims to meet the preferences of our customers established through consultation work we have carried out, and takes account of Government policy priorities as set out in the “The Water Resources Management Plan Guidelines: the guiding principles for developing a water resources management plan” June 2012, developed jointly by the Environment Agency, Ofwat, Defra, and the Welsh Government.  These Guidelines can be found on the Environment Agency’s web site (http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk).

The Final WRMP 2014 was informed by the results of modelling carried out on behalf of the Water Resources in the South East (WRSE) Group (see http://wrse.org.uk/).  The WRSE Group, which comprises six water companies, the Environment Agency, Ofwat, Defra, the Consumer Council for Water and Natural England, was set up to determine a regional water resources strategy comprising a range of strategic options to find the best solution for customers and the environment in South East England.  The strategic options identified by the WRSE modelling included a number of bulk supplies between ourselves and neighbouring companies.  We have discussed these bulk supplies with the neighbouring companies and, where requested, we have included them within our Final WRMP.

In order to comply with Defra security guidance site names have been anonymised.  We confirm that no other information was excluded from our Plan on the grounds of national security.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

As part of the supporting evidence to the Draft WRMP, the Company has prepared a Strategic Environmental Assessment. This has been revised and updated to be consistent with the Final WRMP.  For security reasons this document has not been published, but a hard copy is available for reading at our Head Office in Redhill.

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