Regional Policies

The Regional Policies are a set of planning assumptions, which will be used in the plan and will help shape its outputs. They cover a range of issues, including the use of drought permits and orders, leakage reduction, per capita consumption targets and carbon emissions. We worked closely with our member companies to agree initial policy positions and ensure alignment across the region.

As our plan will consider both the water needs for public water supply and other sectors, such as agriculture, paper making and power generation, we’re also working with wider organisations, through our multi-sector sub-group, to understand relevant policies for their sectors to meet our shared ambitions.

In October 2020, we published our response to the feedback we received during our consultation on our draft Regional Policies.

We are very grateful for the views submitted to us, so thank you once again to everyone who got in touch, for taking the time and making the effort to tell us what you think.

Next steps

Defining policy positions for the region is a new approach for us and we’ll continue to engage, as we refine them and apply them in the development of our plan.

The next steps have been / are to:

  • Revise our policy positions, taking into account the feedback we’ve received through the recent consultation; from our stakeholder sub-groups and our ongoing conversations with water companies, regulators, customers and stakeholders
  • Finalise our policy positions in October 2020 to inform the first phase of modelling for our plan - for example, around reducing leakage by 50 per cent by 2050
  • Continue to track progress on national policies which may be mandated by Government, to incorporate them into our plan as it develops
  • Develop costed scenarios around our policy positions to help customers, stakeholders and regulators make informed choices about their preferences
  • Continue our conversations with customers and their representatives (e.g. Customer Challenge Groups and CCW), other sectors, environmental groups, businesses and other abstractors, and the other water resource groups in England and Wales.

The Regional Policies are a set of planning assumptions, which will be used in the plan and will help shape its outputs. They cover a range of issues, including the use of drought permits and orders, leakage reduction, per capita consumption targets and carbon emissions. We worked closely with our member companies to agree initial policy positions and ensure alignment across the region.

As our plan will consider both the water needs for public water supply and other sectors, such as agriculture, paper making and power generation, we’re also working with wider organisations, through our multi-sector sub-group, to understand relevant policies for their sectors to meet our shared ambitions.

In October 2020, we published our response to the feedback we received during our consultation on our draft Regional Policies.

We are very grateful for the views submitted to us, so thank you once again to everyone who got in touch, for taking the time and making the effort to tell us what you think.

Next steps

Defining policy positions for the region is a new approach for us and we’ll continue to engage, as we refine them and apply them in the development of our plan.

The next steps have been / are to:

  • Revise our policy positions, taking into account the feedback we’ve received through the recent consultation; from our stakeholder sub-groups and our ongoing conversations with water companies, regulators, customers and stakeholders
  • Finalise our policy positions in October 2020 to inform the first phase of modelling for our plan - for example, around reducing leakage by 50 per cent by 2050
  • Continue to track progress on national policies which may be mandated by Government, to incorporate them into our plan as it develops
  • Develop costed scenarios around our policy positions to help customers, stakeholders and regulators make informed choices about their preferences
  • Continue our conversations with customers and their representatives (e.g. Customer Challenge Groups and CCW), other sectors, environmental groups, businesses and other abstractors, and the other water resource groups in England and Wales.
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