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,
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.