Customers’ chance to have their say on water company plans
£65million immediate investment will kick-start the programme
Anglian Water has revealed ambitious plans outlining how it intends to manage water supplies to ensure future generations continue to have access to clean, safe water and help make severe drought restrictions a thing of the past.
Customers are being asked for their views on the water company’s draft Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP), which includes proposals for more than £800m of investment .
Over £500m of this money will fund a series of new interconnecting pipes to form a ‘Strategic Grid’ that can move water around the region more easily, significantly reducing the likelihood of severe drought restrictions in future.
In addition, the consultation details plans for £250m of investment to roll out money-saving smart meters across the region, tackle leakage and help customers become more water efficient.
Anglian Water has also recently announced it will kick-start the programme by investing £65million in the next two years – paid for through a reduction in shareholder dividends – on immediate measures to protect the region against water shortages. As the driest region in the country, water resources in the East of England are under increasing pressure from a rapidly growing population, climate change and the needs of the environment.
The draft WRMP sets out the plans Anglian Water believes are necessary to manage water resources in future in light of these challenges, to secure water supplies for generations to come.
Plans to help make severe drought restrictions a thing of the past
The new strategic grid would mean installing lots of large, interconnecting water mains across the Anglian Water region to allow water to be easily diverted from one area to another to boost supplies if necessary.
It would feature a new main pipeline running from Elsham in North Lincs to South Lincolnshire, allowing millions of litres of clean, safe drinking water to be supplied every day to customers in Greater Lincolnshire, and further south if needed.
Nearly every county in the East of England will see multimillion pound investment and new pipeline installations to join up the region. £44million would also be invested to install and upgrade the Water Treatment Works in Elsham so it can serve the new, larger grid accordingly.
Aside from the plans for the strategic grid, £250million of proposed future investment includes:
- £50million to drive leakage down by a further 23% by 2025. This will take Anglian Water to a world-leading low level of leakage
- £180million to roll-out money-saving smart meters to thousands more customers
- £21million to continue Anglian Water’s water efficiency campaigns and initiatives with customers saving 30million litres of water a day by 2045.
The plan also outlines proposals to work with neighbouring water companies to share water resources across the country.
Jean Spencer, Anglian Water’s Director for Growth and Resilience said: “Ensuring we have enough fresh water for the future is the biggest challenge we face. Our draft plan sets out how we make the best use of the water we already have but also what measures we need to put in place now to become more resilient to severe drought and the impacts of climate change in the future.
“Resilient, secure water resources are vital to communities, businesses and the environment alike, which is why we want our customers to have their say to ensure that our plans reflect their priorities.
Jean continued: “How we manage the water we have available now and in the future is really important. We already put less water into supply today than in 1989, despite a 34% increase in the number of properties we serve. That’s because we’ve tackled leakage, and helped our customers become more water efficient.
“One thing is certain, we will always need water. Continuing to manage the demand in the future will only be possible by working with our customers on being even more water wise, stopping more leaks than ever before, and thinking about how the water industry can work more collaboratively in the future. That’s what our ambitious WRMP focusses on.”
People have until Friday 1 June 2018 to respond to the consultation, after which, all the comments will be reviewed before the final plan is published.
Further information can be found at: http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/about-us/draft-water-resources-management-plan-2019.aspx