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Each and every day we need to ensure that we manage water resources across Yorkshire.
We work hard to monitor and manage the network every day to make sure everyone has exactly what they need, using our innovative water supply grid to move water to where it's most needed.
Take a look below to read more about our water resources management plan and what we would do when the worst happens.
We have a £300m network of underground pipes that allow us to move water around the whole of Yorkshire.
This gives us flexibility to take less water from areas experiencing low rainfall and reduce our impact on the environment. To make sure we have enough water for our customers, we make plans for now and the future:
• To maintain a supply of water in dry weather, we have developed a drought plan to demonstrate actions we can take
• To ensure we have enough supply to meet future demand, we have created a water resources management plan.
Our Drought Plan and Water Resources Management Plan are available to read below.
All water companies are required by the Government to produce a drought plan, which sets out what we would do to maintain water supplies to customers in the event of a drought.
The plans are drawn up in agreement with our regulator, the Environment Agency and reviewed and revised every five years.
Our Drought Plan shows the actions we would take to maintain secure supplies to all customers during a period of drought.
As all droughts are different in terms of location, extent, severity and impact on the supply system our Drought Plan needs to be flexible to account for a range of possible scenarios.
The plan therefore gives an agreed framework of actions to allow a drought to be best managed dependent on conditions.
Our Drought Plan includes the following elements to allow us to manage a drought situation:
• Our Communication Plan
• Measures that might be required to reduce customer demand
• Measures that might be needed to obtain extra water supplies
• Details of how we will monitor the effects of the drought and measures taken under the Drought Plan
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.
We provide households and businesses within the Yorkshire region with water services 24 hours per day, supplying water to 4.8 million domestic and 150,000 business customers. We supply an average 1.27 billion litres (1270 mega litres) of drinking water each day.
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.
The plan sets out how we will ensure supply meets demand for the 25 years from 2015/16 to 2039/40. It 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
- Selection of investment schemes to meet any forecast gap
Below you will find a pdf document of our Water Resources Management Plan and supporting data tables. You will also find the Strategic Environmental Assessment for our Water Resources Management Plan. This document looks at the potential impact of our plan on the environment.
We do not consider any parts of the plan to be commercially confidential, either for us or for any third party, therefore we have published the complete plan. However, 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.
- Water Resources Management Plan 2014 - Part 1 - Introduction and supply
- Water Resources Management Plan 2014 - Part 2 - Demand forecast
- Water Resources Management Plan 2014 - Part 3 - Water efficiency and leakage
- Water Resources Management Plan 2014 - Part 4 - Options appraisal
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