Our strategies and plans
Our water resources plan
We are committed to providing a high quality and reliable water supply to customers now and in the future.
We published our draft Water Resources Management Plan for our South Staffs region for twelve weeks’ public consultation from 2 March 2018 to 28 May 2018. We thank the organisations that contacted us during this period and this Statement of Response shows how we have addressed the points raised. During August 2018, our Board of Directors reviewed and endorsed our proposed Statement of Response. We have revised our Board assurance statement accordingly and published it on our website alongside our SoR and revised draft Water Resources Management Plan (rdWRMP).
Where necessary, we addressed the points by making changes in our rdWRMP. However, as a result of the letter Defra sent us on 24 May 2019 requesting further information, we have now published version two of our revised draft WRMP for the period 2020 to 2045.
In the version two draft, we have:
- Demonstrated our compliance with Direction 3(d) of the WRMP Directions by publishing the greenhouse gasses likely to arise as a result of our selected WRMP options
- Added clarification in relation to how we appropriately plan for and include the Water Industry National Environment Programme sustainability reductions
- Provided more details on how the preferred options in our plan do not cause environmental deterioration
For clarity, we have marked the new sections of text in yellow to distinguish them from what was in the WRMP that we published in August 2018. We will not class this WRMP as complete until we have the appropriate agreement from our regulators. We hope to receive this regulatory agreement and finalise our WRMP during 2019.
We aim to achieve this in a way that is the most affordable and takes into consideration any environmental pressures on our resources.
These concepts are embedded in our Business Plan outcomes:
In particular we need to ensure we are able to maintain a surplus of supply, known as headroom, over the expected demand for water.
In compiling the plan we have taken into account all the factors that will influence the balance of supply and demand for water.
We assess these factors and allow for uncertainty to ensure that we maintain a surplus of supply over expected demand for water. We have also listened to our customers and consulted with various stakeholders, to ensure their views are taken into account. In particular we consulted with members of our Customer Challenge Group (CCG). This is an independent body made up of representatives from our regulators, such as the Environment Agency and CCWater and of our household and non-household customers.
A sub group of the CCG was set up to look specifically at our draft Water Resources Management Plan to understand and challenge the assumptions we had made in its preparation.
As a result of consultations with the sub group, members of the CCG were satisfied the approach taken by the Company to determine the baseline supply demand position was appropriate, and any assumptions made in determining this were reasonable.