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Welcome to the public affairs section of our website.  For us, ensuring that we play our role in protecting the most important of natural resources, whilst providing our customers with essential water and waste water services defines our company.

Our underlying theme is for the water industry to play a bigger role in addressing sustainability whilst achieving even better value and throughout this section you will find information and ideas on how we think this can be achieved.

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Taking responsibility for the water environment for good - turning debate into action

In May 2011 we published our vision for the water sector and a year on our most recent publication now explains how we're turning our words into action.

Our publication contains a number of case studies demonstrating that we're starting to think differently about how we operate. You'll see how we're learning from others about how to move towards our goal of sustainable water.

Download a version of our publication (1,402kb)

Latest News


Big Renewable Energy Rise At Yorkshire Water
A £56 million investment has helped to increase the renewable energy being generated by Yorkshire Water by nearly 80%.

Benevolent beer drinkers back charity
Beer drinkers in Leeds city centre have given 130 people in Africa lasting access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene following a £2,000 donation last weekend.

Yorkshire Water responds to water poverty report
Yorkshire Water is underlining the support available to any of its customers who are struggling to pay their bills in light of a new report on water poverty.

Yorkshire Water raises £175,800 for WaterAid
Yorkshire Water is celebrating after raising a massive £175,800 for international charity WaterAid over the last 12 months.

Old Bank Road in Mirfield reopened to traffic
Work is progressing well on Yorkshire Water’s project to reduce the risk of sewer flooding to over a dozen homes in Mirfield.

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Join our online discussion

As part of our new document we held an online discussion. It took part on Thursday 21 June, if you missed it you can view it below. The discussion focussed on the theme of excellent catchments, rivers and coasts.

Areas of focus

fishingIntegrated water management

The environment in which the water industry operates is changing. It is increasingly complex and we are all being challenged to think as much about global water issues as they are about local management issues.

Read more about this changing environment

vulnerable customerVulnerable customers

We are passionate about helping customers in need and ensuring that everyone has access to safe, clean drinking water.

Find out more about our approach  

conservationWater as a precious resource

Without a clear programme of action, the UK's long-term water and drainage security is at risk. The challenges we face are complex and innovative solutions are required

Read more about our solutions for long-term water and drainage security 


farmInfluencing our environmental performance

By clearly identifying the drawbacks in the current system, it is possible to point to some potential ways forward.

Read more about our proposals

Get the full story


This is the first in our series of publications of our vision 'Taking responsibility for the water environment for good'.

Click on the image to open up an online e-book version of the document.

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Alternatively you can download the complete document in PDF format