As a key part of long-term management and planning for public water supply, water companies are required to produce a Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP) and to update it every five years. Our previous WRMP was published in June 2014, and we are now reviewing and updating our plan using the latest information and assessment techniques in order to create an updated plan for 2019.
Our new draft WRMP was submitted to Defra in late 2017 and we have now received their approval to carry out a public consultation on its content. This consultation process is extremely important to us and the feedback and comments we receive play a key part in developing the principles we apply for our final Water Resources Management Plan which will be published later this year.
Our public consultation is open for a period of 12 weeks, from 8th March until 31st May 2018.
Bristol Water’s draft WRMP19, and related documents, can be found below:
Draft Water Resources Management Plan (full technical document) *
Draft WRMP Non-Technical Summary (a summary version of the plan, to enable customers and non-technical stakeholders to understand the most important aspects of the plan and to provide feedback)
We are also publishing some information requested by Ofwat, designed for companies as opposed to customers, in order to promote markets in water resources:
* Some details have been redacted (excluded) from these documents on security grounds, please find a statement regarding this below:
In order to maintain the security of the water we supply to our customers and in compliance with national security requirements as described in the Water Industry Act 1991 section s.37(B), some minor details have been removed (or “redacted”) from the Water Resource Management Plan documents that we have issued for public consultation. The information we have redacted is mainly about site names (these are shown in our public consultation documents as site codes rather than site names), and we have also redacted a diagram of our water supply network. Full details of these sites and diagrams are provided in the unredacted documents we share with our regulators, so that they receive all the information necessary for a detailed technical assessment of our plan.
Because we want our customers to have the most complete information possible on our plans for the future, we have tried to redact the minimum information necessary from the documents we have made available to the public. If however you find that this makes the plan difficult to understand, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss the best way to resolve any questions you may have.
If a paper copy of any document is required then please contact Water.Resources@bristolwater.co.uk.
If you would like to submit any comments on our proposals please send them to the Secretary of State by 31st May 2018, either by post:
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
17 Smith Square
Or by e-mail (titling your email ‘Bristol Water draft Water Resources Management Plan’): email@example.com
Although you are free to provide any response or ask any question you wish during this consultation process, the following questions may provide a helpful prompt in addition to your own questions:
- Do you think there might be something missing from our plan that we need to consider?
- Are you happy that our plan strikes the right balance of risk for the short and long term?
- Do you have any concerns that the plan might lead to unaffordable water bills?
- Do you agree with our approach to manage any supply-demand deficit through demand reduction measures such as leakage reduction?
We have provided a feedback questionnaire on the website, featuring the above questions and others:
We would like to receive as many views as possible, so everyone who completes the questionnaire will be entered into a draw with a chance of winning one of four prizes – one of £300, one of £100, and two of £50. In addition, we will be making a £1 contribution to the charity WaterAid for every completed survey.
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