Water Resources Managment 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.


Water Resources Management Plan 2024

We have started the process of updating our 2019 Plan as part of the 5-year planning cycle to produce our Water Resources Management Plan 2024, which will be published in draft for consultation in September 2022.

In line with the Water Resources Planning Guidelines, one of the first steps is to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the options put forward in the plan to assess their potential effects on the environment.

A Draft SEA Scoping Report has been produced which sets out the context, approach and framework for assessing the options put forward in the Plan. This Report will now be subject to a 5-week consultation period from 6th May to 9th June 2022. During the consultation period, statutory 'Consultation Bodies' and other key stakeholders (including the public) have the opportunity to comment on the proposed scope and approach for the SEA.

Feedback on the SEA Scoping Report should be sent to wtrstrat@southwestwater.co.uk

You can access the Draft SEA Scoping Report by following the link below:

Draft SEA Scoping Report  


Water Resources Management Plan 2019

We reviewed our previous Water Resources Management Plan from 2014 and updated it to produce a new Draft Water Resources Management Plan, which we submitted to Defra in December 2017. Following permission being granted by 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 made to the Plan in response 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:

Water Resources Management Plan 2019  


The technical Water Resources Management Plan tables are available on request to wtrstrat@southwestwater.co.uk 


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 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. 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 click here.