Wantange and Grove Campaign Group (WAGCG)
Comments on the Thames Water Plan for the Next 25 years


Thames Water also want comments on the Water Resources Management Plan for the next 25 years.

At the same time, a Water Resources Management Plan is being produced that sets out how they aim to maintain water supplies over a 25-year period. Thames Water published their draft WRMP14 for public consultation on 1 May 2013. This consultation is open for 12 weeks and will close on 23 July 2013. See the Water Resources Management Planhere.

The key themes are:

  • Reduce water usage by reducing leaks (mainly in London),
  • Installing meters for as many people as possible,
  • Introducing usage based pricing to reduce usage, so that demand is less than supply.
They expect there will be a need for a major new "water resource" in the next plan covering 2020 to 2045 to meet the population increase and climate change. This is likely to be one of three options: a reservoir, more re-use of waste water or transfer from the Severn to the Thames. As the research has not been completed yet, they don't know which they favour but they are also considering selling the land purchased for the reservoir as a site for Oxford Garden City in case they don't need it for a reservoir.


Comment from GARD (Group Against Reservoir Development) [show details]


The plan for 2015 to 2020 includes the following key targets:

  • Reduce leakage from around 665 million litres per day to 620 million litres, including replacing 600km (372 miles) of worn-out water mains. This builds on the 1,600 miles of pipework replaced in the past decade, cutting leakage by a third to its lowest-ever level and enabling the company to hit seven consecutive annual leakage-reduction targets.
  • Install 500,000 water meters, increasing the proportion of homes with a meter from 30 per cent to 56 per cent
  • Strive to achieve 100 per cent compliance with stringent UK and European drinking water quality standards
  • Encourage and assist customers to use water wisely, reducing the average amount each person uses per day from 161 litres to 153 litres
  • Meet all project milestones for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, due for completion in 2023
  • Aim for treated effluent to be 100 per cent compliant with licence conditions at our sewage works
  • Remove 2,100 homes from the risk of sewer flooding
  • Aim to meet government targets to reduce carbon emissions to 34 per cent below our 1990 level
  • Introduce a social tariff to help households who most struggle to pay
  • Improve our IT systems to enable online account management.


To see the 5 year plan go to the Thames Water website.

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