Water resources management plan
Our Water Resource Management Plan is a key component of our long-term, strategic planning framework. It sets out how we plan to maintain a safe and reliable water supply to customers over the long term.
We produce a Water Resources Management Plan every 5 years taking into account the most up to date information on the future risks to water supply. Our regulators (Environment Agency, Ofwat and Drinking Water Inspectorate) set the requirements for what we should include in our plans and provide us with guidelines to follow.
Our plan compares a long-term supply forecast against a long-term demand forecast. If it shows a risk that we may not have sufficient supply to meet demand in the future, we consider options for reducing demand and increasing supply. From the options we select a best value solution that will address the risks and be sustainable over the long-term.
Our latest plan, Water Resources Management Plan 2024, has identified some significant risks to our future supply-demand balance. These risks include the impacts of climate change, population growth, reductions in supply to protect the environment and the loss of a water transfer we currently receive from a neighbouring water company. Our plan shows, if we do not take action, these risks could create a supply-demand deficit. Our plan to mitigate the deficit includes a twin track approach that will deliver demand reduction and increase our available water supply.
Draft Water Resources Management Plan 2024 non-technical summary, technical document and water resource planning tables
Draft Water Resources Management Plan 2024 associated environmental reports
Please note sensitive site-specific information has been removed from the Water Resources Management Plan, 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. We have also excluded some information from water resource planning tables on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.
Have your say
We're currently consulting on our draft Water Resources Management Plan 2024. Send your comments by email or post. The closing date for representations is 24 February 2023.
Water Resources Management Plan Water Services
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Seacole 3rd Floor
2 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 4DF
Our current plan is our Water Resources Management Plan 2019, which will be superseded once our 2024 plan is finalised
Statement of Response to Draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019 consultation
Water Resources Management Plan 2019
WRMP19 East Surface Water Zone data tables
WRMP19 Grid Surface Water Zone data tables
WRMP19 Post Adoption Statement
Draft WRMP19 Further information in support of your statement of response
WRMP19 SEA Non - Technical Summary
Draft WRMP19 Further information in support of our statement of response