Our positions on key issues

The range of things a water company does means that our work covers a number of policy areas. 

Shoreline Pebbles

Whenever we take a position on a particular issue, we will always look to work with a range of interested stakeholders to understand all different points of view on the subject. On this page you can find out more about our positions on key policy issues.

Economic recovery

As major employers and deployers of capital in Yorkshire, we recognise that we have a role to play in supporting the region’s economic recovery. Over the past few months, we've been working with local and national government to explore the role we can play in supporting the post-covid recovery in Yorkshire. Our focus has been on developing proposals to bring forward green projects that support jobs and investment, but which also address key challenges like climate change.

Key documents

Policy Briefing - Principles for the Economic Recovery


Protecting Yorkshire’s environment is at the core of our day-to-day business, from supplying our customers with a reliable source of clean water, to treating wastewater and returning it safely back to our rivers and coasts. We’re also the second biggest landowner in Yorkshire, so we have a key role to play in land management, both on our land and in working with others to influence how they manage their land.

Key documents

Response to the EFRA Select Committee Peatlands Inquiry

Response to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into river water quality

Response to the EFRA call for evidence on commonly littered single use plastics – wet wipes

Joint response with United Utilities on Defra’s draft storm overflow discharge reduction plan

Consultation on the Government’s Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan

Our position on shooting leases on our land

Our plan for Yorkshire’s Rivers


Climate change means we face some really big challenges in ensuring that we can continue to supply customers with enough safe, clean water and protect them from flooding. We need to think about how we do things differently in order to respond to these challenges and ensure we have a sustainable water supply in future.

Key documents

Evidence to the Public Accounts Committee Inquiry into Water Supply and Resilience

Submission to the EFRA Select Committee Flooding Inquiry

Response to Defra consultation on reducing personal water use

Mandatory Water Efficiency Labelling Consultation


The nature of the challenges we face means that regulation needs to change to ensure we are acting now to provide resilience for the future. We are keen to work with Government and regulators to shape future regulation ahead of the next Price Review in 2024.

Key documents

PR24 and beyond - 10 years of investment?

Delivering strategic priorities in the water sector

Streamlining regulation

Making partnerships work

The Government's strategic priorities for Ofwat