Water Resources Management Plan 2019 Consultation

Every 5 years we develop a water resource management plan (WRMP) which sets out how we will provide a reliable and sustainable supply of water to our customers. We have developed our new draft plan called Water Resources Management Plan 2019 (WRMP19) which covers the next 40 years from 2020 to 2060 and are now asking for your views on it.

Our new draft plan forecast how much water we will have available to supply our customers, taking account of future droughts, climate change and the need to protect the environment. We also forecast how much water our customers will need taking account of future population growth. By comparing our supply and demand forecasts, we have confirmed that we will have reliable and sufficient supplies of water to meet customer demand over the planning period. We must still ensure that we use water efficiently. An important part of this is reducing leakage from our water pipes as well as providing our customers with advice on how they can reduce the amount of water that they use. Between 2020 and 2025, we are planning to reduce leakage from our water pipes by 17.5 per cent.

We would like to know what you think about our draft WRMP19 and so are running a public consultation from Monday 5th March to Sunday 27th May 2018. Our draft WRMP19 can be opened by clicking on the link below (see Downloadable content). A paper copy of our draft WRMP19 is available to view at our Sandon Valley House office near Chelmsford in Essex. To book an appointment, please email waterresources@nwl.co.uk.

Please email your feedback on our draft WRMP19 to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) at water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk with “Essex & Suffolk Water draft Water Resources Management Plan” in the subject line. So that we can consider your feedback promptly, please can you also copy your email to Essex & Suffolk Water at waterresources@nwl.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can send your feedback via letter to: Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Essex & Suffolk Water Water Resources Management Plan Consultation, Water Resources, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Area 3D, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR. The Secretary of State will then forward your feedback on to us.

We will review the feedback received during the consultation and will publish a Statement of Response on this web page by Friday 31st August 2018. This will detail any changes we make to the draft WRP19 as a result of the feedback received during the public consultation. We will then submit a revised draft WRMP19 to Defra for approval.

Our draft WRMP19 complies with national security requirements and does not include information considered to be commercially confidential. We have not excluded any information from this plan on the grounds that the information would be contrary to the interests of national security. A copy of the Certifier’s Statement of Compliance can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

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