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Water resources plan

Water Resources Management Plan 2014

We have prepared a Water Resources Management Plan to manage our water resources into the future. The plan sets out how we will maintain a continuous reliable supply of water over the next 25 years taking into account the needs and views of our customers, while protecting the environment. To download a non-technical summary of our plan, click here. A full technical report with our publication statement, associated appendices and data tables can be seen below.


Hydraulic fracturing or fracking has the potential to boost economic growth in our area.  Therefore, provided the potential risks associated with fracking are assessed and mitigated, and fracking does not compromise the quality of the groundwater in our area, we would not present an obstacle to the development of this technology in our area. 

What is fracking?

Fracking is a technique that uses fluid, usually water, pumped at high pressure into shale rock to create fractures through which gas and or oil flows to the surface.  This technique is well developed in the US, but is still in an exploratory phase in the UK.  

As a water company, we are a statutory consultee, which means that we will be consulted as part of the application and planning process for fracking activity in our area of supply. We will work together with the Department for the Environment and Climate Change, Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive and planning authorities which provide oversight and regulate and control the introduction of fracking in the UK.

Water Resources Management Plan - annual update 2016

Each year we must review and update our current Water Resources Management Plan. The most recent annual update is available on the link below.

BW Water Resources Management Plan – annual update 2016 (pdf)

Water Resources Management Plan 2014 documents

Final Water Resources Management Plan 2014 Non-technical summary

Final Water Resources Management Plan 2014 technical summary

Final Water Resources Management Plan Publication Statement

Appendix 1 Audit Checklist

Appendix 2 WRZ rationalisation PD

Appendix 3 Base Year Normalisation

Appendix 4a surface water DO PD

Appendix 4b GW DO assessment PD

Appendix 5 Water Efficiency Strategy 2015

Appendix 6 SEA Statement PD

Appendix 7 Pre-consultation information

Appendix 8 Population forecasts

Appendix 9 SELL analysis

Appendix 10 Headroom assessment

Appendix 11 Abbreviations and glossary of terms



BW Water Resources Management Plan Annual Review 2015 (pdf)

BW Water Resources Management Plan Annual Review 2015 (xls)

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Should you get a water meter?

Water meters have important benefits for you, for us and for the environment as you can have more control over your water use and leaks are easier to detect.  

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