Environment Agency publishes its vision for building resilient water supplies
22 October 2019
The Environment Agency has published ‘Building resilient water supplies’, which sets out how the environmental regulator “will lead on creating a national framework for water resources to improve long-term resilience to drought and enhance the water environment.
It builds on a joint letter in August 2018 to water companies from Defra, the EA, Ofwat and the DWI. The letter set out what is needed to build resilient water supplies, including:
- how government and regulators are joining up to give clear direction to water companies
- how water companies and other large water users should plan regionally to identify the best solutions for a region and the nation as a whole – they should not just plan for their own company boundaries
- how government and regulators will provide a responsive regulatory approach – this will support regional and national planning by dealing with issues and barriers as they arise