What is the regional plan?

Water Resources East is planning for sustainable and resilient water resources for the next 50 years and beyond. Current predictions estimate by 2050 a water deficit in the Eastern region of between 703 megalitres a day (Ml/d) and 2,267 Ml/d this arises from the need to restore, protect and enhance the environment at the same time as increasing demands for public water supply and for the agri-food sector and the energy sectors, alongside an increasing allocation to the natural environment, and mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change.

The Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP) process is an intergenerational and iterative one with the first version being published in 2023. The plan will then be updated and modified incrementally to 2050 and beyond. 

The WRE WRMP process is also, most importantly, a co-creation process to create a best value, multi-sector plan for the region, with our members, based on economic, social, and environment cost​.  

Regional, multi-sector planning has never been achieved until now and the overall aim is to create a best value water resources plan for Eastern England involving as many people as possible who have a stake in waters’ and our region’s future. ​ 

Four Key Components of the WRE Regional Water Resource Plan focus on: 

1). Demand management – leakage and Per Capita Consumption (PCC) reduction with multi-sector water efficiency measures. 

2). Large infrastructure options (e.g. reservoirs, transfers, desalination, effluent re-use) >10 Ml/d that have a whole regional, or national significance.  

3). ‘Local’ non-water company and smaller (<10 Ml/d) water company infrastructure ​projects and schemes which requires the specialist, local knowledge of WRE members. 

4). Supporting, facilitating or overseeing water innovations and exemplars in Eastern England which push the ‘art of the possible’. 

An iterative process

We have listed all possible new large infrastructure water supply side options (10> Ml/d) in the regional planning briefing pack downloadable below (section 11 pages 30-43). Through the planning conferences, which took place in October 2021, and throughout the regional planning process until Autumn 2022, our members will be choosing which of these supply options​, together with smaller local supply side and demand management options​, will go forward into the emerging and final regional water resources plans.

Producing the final WRE regional water resources plan by 2023 will require many trade-off and compromise discussions between our members, and will be an iterative and adaptive process.

Emerging plan now out for consultation (Jan 17 – Feb 28 2022)

You can find our emerging plan in full in the Key Files section below. To respond to the consultation:

Email your responses to: contact@wre.org.uk
Or, use the online consultation response form here