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A review of England’s revised draft regional and water resources management plans

The Environment Agency's review of whether the proposed plans will secure resilient and sustainable water supplies up to 2050.

Applies to England



In England, our climate is changing, our population is growing, and as a nation we want an improved environment along with a thriving economy, enabled by resilient water supplies. Action is required now to meet these objectives.

Water companies and regional water resources groups have produced draft plans to address the need for secure, sustainable water supplies up to 2050.

Following consultation on draft water resources management plans, water companies have now published statements of response and revised draft plans.

This publication is the Environment Agency’s review of these revised draft water resources management plans and regional plans. It highlights important successes and where improvements are required.

Published 22 June 2023
Last updated 21 March 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated the publication to reflect the Environment Agency's review of the revised draft regional and water resources management plans.

  2. Updated figure 3 to give clearer headings and added a note under the figure provide more detail about the data presented for 'Resource options (including new sources, drought options and other selected options)'.

  3. Replaced figure 2, as the original image contained an error.

  4. First published.