Safeguarding clean drinking water through catchment management
Catchments as a first line of defence: we will face increased levels of pesticides, fertilisers, nutrients and pathogens in raw water, and increased turbidity of water reaching our water treatment works due to the intensification of agriculture and greater intensity of storms. We will co-create an extensive, innovative programme of catchment management with landowners and partners.
Confronted with an increasing water supply demand gap due to population growth and drier summers due to climate change, we will use our Water Resource Management Plan to ensure the water supply demand balance to 2050. We propose to implement water transfers, demand management measures and leakage reduction programmes to address any deficits, whilst recognising the possible need to support other parts of the UK
Improving the reliability of drinking water supply systems
Faced with an increased risk of outages due to agricultural run-off, extreme weather events, terrorism, and cyber attacks, we will build more flexibility and integration into our water treatment and supply systems.
With increasing risks of disruption (for example, from severe weather events resulting from climate change and increased reliance on technology) and limited customer tolerance of supply outages, we will improve the resilience of critical water assets which have high consequences of failure.