Planning your future water supply 

We’re planning ahead to make sure we have enough water in the future.

Water is essential for everything we do - from having a drink to washing our clothes, and flushing the loo. It’s also essential for a healthy environment and a prosperous economy.

Many people think there is plenty of water in the UK, but the South East of England is one of its driest regions and London gets less rain than Rome, Dallas and even Sydney. Our water supplies are being stretched further and further as the number of people living in our area increases. We have to plan ahead because the choices we make today will shape the water supply we can provide in the future.

Every 5 years we produce a water resources management plan (WRMP) which sets out how we will provide a secure and sustainable supply of water for our customers now and in the future, and support economic growth.

Our Water Resources Management Plan 2019

In February 2018 we published our draft plan which set out how we plan to provide a secure and sustainable supply of water for our customers for the next 80 years, from 2020 to 2100.

We then ran a public consultation on this draft plan, from 9 February to 29 April 2018. We sought feedback via an online survey, in focus groups and interviews, and held a number of events across our area. We received over 1,600 comments. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

We will publish a report, called the Statement of Response, in September 2018 setting out the comments we received, and explaining how we have taken these into account in revising our draft plan. The report will be sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and to everyone who participated in the consultation.

Our draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019 is available to download. There are several documents:

This is a high level summary of the public consultation on our draft plan and the revisions that we have made to our plan to provide a secure and sustainable future water supply.

Overview

This is a more detailed summary of our draft Plan. It also signposts the relevant section of the technical report to read more about a particular topic.

Technical executive summary

This is made up of 11 sections and provides detailed information on each topic.


Section 1 - Introduction and background

In this section we set out the legal and policy framework, and explain how we have engaged with customers, regulators and stakeholders in developing our draft Plan.

Section 1 - Introduction and background


Section 2 - Water Resources Programme 2015-2020

In this section we provide an update on our current programme of work including:

  • The roll out of smart water meters to our customers
  • Work to promote the efficient use of water to our customers
  • Management of leakage from our water pipes

Section 2 - Water Resources Programme 2015-2020


Section 3 - Current and Future Demand for Water

In this section we explain how we forecast future demand for water by our business and household customers.

Section 3 - Current and Future Demand for Water


Section 4 - Current and Future Water Supply

In this section we set out the amount of water that is currently available for water supply and how this might alter in the future due to climate change and protection of the environment. It also explains our involvement in the Water Resources in the South East (WRSE) Group.

Section 4 - Current and Future Water Supply


Section 5 - Allowing for Risk and Uncertainty

In this section we outline how we have assessed the uncertainties associated with developing long-term forecasts.

Section 5 - Allowing for Risk and Uncertainty


Section 6 - Baseline Supply Demand Position

In this section we present the baseline supply demand balance for each water resource zone which identifies if there is a surplus or deficit of water for each year of the planning period.

Section 6 - Baseline Supply Demand Position


Section 7 - Appraisal of Resource Options

In this section we describe the resource options we have considered and explain how we have assessed these options.

Section 7 - Appraisal of Resource Options


Section 8 - Appraisal of Demand Options

In this section we set out the options we have considered to manage the demand for water.

Section 8 - Appraisal of Demand Options

Section 9 - Assessment of environmental and social effects

We have undertaken an assessment of the environmental and social effects of the options, the programme for each water resource zone and the overall draft Plan. In this section we set out the approach we have taken.

Section 9 - Assessment of environmental and social effects


Section 10 - Programme Appraisal and Scenario Testing

In this section we outline how we’ve combined options into programmes and explain how we’ve assessed the alternative programmes against a range of factors to choose the preferred programme.

Section 10 - Programme Appraisal and Scenario Testing


Section 11 - Preferred Programme

In this section we present our proposed programme for each water resource zone.

Section 11 - Preferred Programme

We have also published technical documents which have informed the development of our plan, these are available in the Document library.

In this section

Water Resources Market Information

Document library

Our current plan WRMP14 and annual performance