What is the Water Resource Management Plan?
It is a statutory requirement that every five years water companies produce and publish a Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP). The WRMP should demonstrate that we have long term plans in place to accommodate the impacts of population growth, drought, our environmental obligations and climate change uncertainty in order to balance supply and demand.
It consists of several elements, including:
- A 25 year demand forecast. This describes how much water we think our customers will need in the future, considering factors such as climate change and population.
- A 25 year supply forecast. This illustrates how much water is available for use now and how this may change in the future. We consider the impact of climate change and potential reductions in the volume of water we can take from rivers and groundwater.
- An assessment of our options to meet demand, including leakage reduction and sustainable abstraction.
How is the plan made?
3. On our journey to the final plan we follow the statutory timetable set out by Defra and the EA, we hold regular consultations with our customers and stakeholders to identify potential solutions, and we consider the environmental impacts alongside affordability.
Our Water Resources Management Plan must demonstrate:
- Resilience to a range of risks – e.g. drought, loss of supplies.
- Flexibility and adaptability – the plan must be robust to changes to supply and demand forecasts in the future.
- Approach to climate change – drier summers and wetter winters make it harder to meet peak demand.
- Sustainable abstraction options – which don’t deplete our natural resources, or have a negative effect on biodiversity and our local river environment.
- Planned proactive work – proactive maintenance of our network to reduce amount of water wasted by leakage and optimise the use of our sources.
We last published a WRMP in 2014 which covered the period 2015 to 2040. In 2016, Welsh Government directed all water companies operating wholly or mainly in Wales to prepare a WRMP for 2020. This draft WRMP is our response to the direction and sets out how we propose to ensure we can meet the demand of our customers for the period 2020 to 2045. In addition, Welsh Government have, over the last five to ten years, being developing a clear vision for the well-being of the people of Wales and for the future management of natural resources. Moreover, they have made a strong link between these two policy areas and set out their expectations for organisations working in Wales, as to the part they will play in delivering this vision. As we strive to meet the expectations set out in the Water Strategy for Wales, we will work to embed the principles of the Welsh Government’s well-being goals into our water resources planning and business planning processes, and from there into our day-to-day working practices.
We are now seeking your views on the proposals set out in this draft WRMP. In particular, we would welcome your views on:
- Our proposals for contributing to Welsh Government’s ambitions for well-being and the sustainable management of natural resources;
- Our assessment of future risks to water resource availability; and
- Our proposals for making sure we have sufficient supplies to meet future demand for water.
The consultation period will end on 11th June 2018, after which we will consider any responses and we will update our plan accordingly. We expect to publish our final WRMP in the spring of 2019.
The statutory water resources management planning process requires that you send your comments on our draft WRMP to Welsh Government who will then pass them on to us for review.
You can respond to our draft WRMP by email and should include the words “WRMP consultation response” in the email heading.
You can also respond by post to:
Water, Waste Resource Efficiency and Flood Division