Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) has submitted its response to Southern Water's consultation on the Draft Water Resources Management Plan.
Southern Water published its Draft Water Resources Management Plan (DWRMP) in April for public consultation. The document explains the challenges we face in the South East of England and outlines how Southern Water propose to secure water resources and continue to provide an efficient service for the next 25 years.
This is the first time Southern Water has carried out a full public consultation on their plans. The consultation period will last for 12 weeks and will conclude at midnight on 25 July 2008.
BHEP broadly welcomes the measures outlined in the DWRMP to address the supply demand balance deficits forecast for the period of the plan. These include, reducing leakage to less than 10% of distribution input, introducing compulsory universal metering by 2015 and improvements to groundwater sources where identified.
However, BHEP has raised some concerns about the proposed policy to automatically renew contracts, which expire during the life of the plan, for bulk exports to other water companies. BHEP questioned whether this would be an appropriate policy given that Southern Water will be facing significant supply demand balance deficits in its own supply area.
BHEP also highlighted the need to raise the profile of water efficiency services available to businesses.
For a copy of the plan and the consultation paper log on to http://www.southernwater.co.uk/Environment/managingResources/publicConsultation.asp
Comments on the DWRMP should be sent to DEFRA as outlined in the plan and can be sent online via Southern Water's website.
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