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Water Resources Management Plan

We’re tasked with planning the future of our region’s water resources along with ensuring we are equipped to maintain essential supplies in times of drought.

Our Water Resources Management Plan

Water companies are required to prepare and maintain a Water Resources Management Plan on a five yearly cycle. The Plan sets out how we plan to manage supply and demand for the next 25 years. It examines strategic issues that affect available water and demand and details how we intend to maintain the balance between water supply and demand to ensure customers receive a continued reliable supply. Our Plan covers both South West Water and Bournemouth Water following the merger in April 2016.

We have reviewed our previous Water Resources Management Plan and updated it to produce a new Draft Water Resources Management Plan, which we submitted to Defra in December 2017. Following permission being granted from Defra, the new Water Resources Management Plan was published for public consultation in March 2018. After the public consultation period we prepared a Statement Of Response, which outlined the changes we have made to the Plan in reponse to the comments we received. In July 2019 Defra granted us permission to publish our final plan.

The Plan has been prepared in accordance with guidelines issued by the Environment Agency. We are a member of the West Country Water Resources Group and are working with other water companies regarding transfers between Water Companies. We are also working with the Environment Agency on proposals for the Lower Otter Restoration Project.

You can access our Final Plan by following the link below:

The technical Water Resources Management Plan tables are available on request to

A paper copy of our Water Resources Management Plan can be viewed at our offices at Bournemouth Water and South West Water:

South West Water
Peninsula House
Rydon Lane
Bournemouth Water
George Jessel House 
Francis Avenue 
BH11 8NX

The published version of the Draft Water Resources Management Plan is required to exclude any matters of commercial confidentiality and any material contrary to the interests of national security. There were no matters of commercial confidentiality. In the published version of the Plan we have excluded information relating to the location of key assets on the advice of our certifier for emergency planning and in the interests of national security.

We are also required to publish tables and information for water resources markets. These are available by following the link below:

For details of our wider business proposals for 2020-25 please visit


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