Water Resources North
Water Resources North is a new group that is designed to oversee water resources planning for Yorkshire and the North East of England. Our ambition is to be a national leader for water resource management. By doing this, we will help to facilitate sustainable growth across Yorkshire, the Humber and the North East, in support of the ambition of the Northern Powerhouse. Water Resources North will ensure that the region has a sustainable, long-term plan for water resources that protects our region’s resilience in the face of challenges such as climate change and population growth. We will work with other regions to help secure resilient water supplies for the country as a whole.
Although the core of the group is formed, and funded, by Yorkshire Water, Northumbrian Water and Hartlepool Water, Water Resources North will engage with, and actively involve, all of those who have an interest in water resources in our region. This will include sectors other than public water supply who make beneficial use of the water in our environment, such as agriculture, industry and energy. The importance of water to our region’s environment, ecology and biodiversity will also play a key role in shaping our future plans.
Over the next couple of years, Water Resources North will be working with customers, water dependent sectors of the economy, other stakeholders such as environmental groups and regulators, to shape a long-term plan for managing water resources in the region. Where this plan impacts on public water supply, it will be reflected in water companies’ statutory Water Resource Management Plans in 2024. Where this plan affects other sectors, we will look to work with those sectors to understand how they can also support long term water resources resilience in the north, including looking for opportunities for collaborative solutions.
In March 2020 we published our Initial Resources Position, which is available via the link below. This report is the first publication from Water Resources North. Building on information included in the WRNF and data from companies’ Water Resources Management Plans 2019, it sets out the current resource position for Water Resources North. As well as setting out our resources position, this report describes our initial thoughts on environmental ambition, and how we will engage with other sectors in a way that is useful and meaningful to the water resources planning process, so that we can create a plan that is relevant to our region and it reflects its priorities