Water resource planning

The water companies in England and Wales deliver water, sanitation and drainage services to almost 55 million people every day. These services are critical to our way of life. They have direct implications for the health of our economy, society and environment.

Many people view water as the definitive renewable resource. Whatever we use, it eventually returns to the environment. But not necessarily to the places where we need it.

There are growing pressures on our water resources. A changing climate makes it uncertain how much water will be available for supply in the future. Droughts will become more commonplace by the 2050s. Water demand is becoming more uncertain too, with changing weather patterns, population growth, and lifestyle and demographic shifts.

This section of the website contains information about water resources and what we and the sectors are doing to maintain reliable supplies in a way that delivers best value to customers and the environment.