Policy paper

Water Bill: sustainable development and resilience duties

This is one of a series of briefing notes on the Water Bill.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This publication was withdrawn on

These briefing notes are now out of date and have been archived. The Water Bill received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014.



This note explains what the new resilience duty in the Water Bill will do and its relationship to the existing duties.

Published 17 December 2013
Last updated 15 January 2014 + show all updates
  1. This note has been updated to reflect the amendments made to the new duty of resilience in the House of Commons to ensure that the Government’s strong commitment to the sustainable management of water resources is set out explicitly on the face of the legislation.
  2. Document replaced with updated version.
  3. First published.