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Water Resources Management Plan

Every five years we produce a Water Resources Management Plan to ensure water is available for our customers and communities.

Our Plan sets out how we will provide a reliable, resilient, efficient and affordable water supply to customers from 2020 to 2080, whilst protecting the environment.

Our Plan addresses the need to balance the availability of water supply with the demand for water from customers. Without action, we face the risk of a significant shortfall of water in the future in our region due to population growth and climate change. We also want to help protect the environment and improve the resilience of our water supplies to droughts and other challenges.


Our Statement of Response

We ran a further consultation on our revised draft plan earlier this year (1 March to 26 April 2019) and have now published our Statement of Response to this.

We received over 800 representations on our revised draft plan. This report sets out what customers and stakeholders have told us and how we have taken their views into account.

Our Statement of Response is available here.


Our draft Final Plan

Our draft final plan builds on our revised draft plan taking into account further consultation responses. We have made some changes to our revised draft plan in response to comments received and as a result of further work that we have carried out between publication of our revised draft plan and publishing our draft final plan and associated documents, which can be found below:

draft final Water Resources Management Plan is available here (PDF 10.2MB).

draft final Water Resources Management Plan – Non-technical summary (PDF 5.3MB) >>

Strategic Environmental Assessment Report (PDF 7.8MB) >>

Strategic Environmental Assessment Appendices >>

Habitats Regulations Assessment (PDF 1.4MB) >>

draft final Water Resources Management Plan - Technical reports >>


What happens next?

Our final Water Resources Management Plan, 2020-2080 was submitted to the Secretary of State, Defra on 7 June 2019. We expect to publish our final plan in late 2019.


Learn more about our plan


  • Water Resource Planning (WRP) tables 2020 - 2080

    The purpose of the WRP tables is to assist readers of the main revised draft plan to understand how we have calculated our supply-demand balance on a water resource zone (WRZ) level, along with presenting the timing of options selected to maintain this balance. These WRP tables are revised draft plan tables. Our WRP tables will be consistent with our revised Market Information tables.

  • Water Resources in the South East (WRSE)
    Our revised draft WRMP19 has been developed alongside the WRSE regional water resource strategy. By clicking on the link below you will be able to read about the collaboration and technical work that we helped to support as a contributor to WRSE. WRSE has the aim of producing an affordable, sustainable and resilient regional strategy for water – one that delivers for customers, society and the environment across the whole of the South East of England. The document also provides some thinking and future direction on how the WRSE believe the regional coordination of water resource management in the South East could evolve over the coming years.

    You can find out more information on the WRSE strategy here >>

  • Trading and Procurement Code

    The Trading and Procurement Code sets out the policies, principles and requirements that will apply in respect of trades of water between Affinity Water and third parties including other water companies. We will keep this Code up to date and available here. The approved Code will also be available on the Ofwat website.

    View the Trading and Procurement Code (PDF 519KB)

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