Water resources management plan
All water companies are required by the Government to produce a Water Resources Management Plan, to show how we plan to maintain a secure supply of water to all our customers over the next 25 years. The plan is developed following guidance from the Environment Agency and is reviewed and revised every 5 years.
Our Water Resources Management Plan ensures that we can continue to meet customer demand in the future. We aim to do this with minimum impact on the environment.
Our plan incorporates future pressures on water supply and demand due to predicted changes to the climate. It also looks at future changes in population, housing, water use and metering trends in Yorkshire.
The plan is built up of a number of elements to allow us to plan for the future:
- A forecast of future customer water demand;
- A forecast of our available water supply;
- Identification of any gap between forecast available supply and customer demand; and
- Selection of investment schemes to meet any forecast gap
Our current plan is our Water Resources Management Plan 2019 and it is supported by a Strategic Environment Assessment. These documents can be viewed in full or as non-technical summaries via the links below. Our final WRMP19 was updated in April 2021 to align with our 2019 Business Plan and the Grid SWZ tables revised. This revision is explained in the addendum at the front of our plan.
We published our draft Water Resources Management Plan and Strategic Environment Assessment for consultation in March 2018. Our consultation period ran for 12 weeks to June 2018 and is now closed.
Following consultation feedback, we produced a revised draft Water Resources Management Plan and Strategic Environment Assessment of our plan. We also produced a Statement of Response in reply to all comments received. This sets out how we have taken account of consultation responses and the changes we made to our plan. Defra reviewed our revised draft Water Resources Management Plan and Strategic Environmental Assessment and wrote to us in February 2019 asking for clarification on three issues. Our Statement of Response, Defra’s letter and our response can be downloaded from this page.
No information has been excluded from the Water Resources Management Plan on the grounds of commercial confidentiality. Sensitive site-specific information has been removed, or presented in a non-specific manner, in the interest of national security. This includes maps, diagrams and descriptions of sources of water supply and treatment works.