Water Resources Management Plan

Every five years we produce a Water Resources Management Plan to ensure water is available for our customers and communities.

Our Plan sets out how we will provide a reliable, resilient, efficient and affordable water supply to customers from 2020 to 2080, whilst protecting the environment.

Our Plan addresses the need to balance the availability of water supply with the demand for water from customers. Without action, we face the risk of a significant shortfall of water in the future in our region due to population growth and climate change. We also want to help protect the environment and improve the resilience of our water supplies to droughts and other challenges.


Our Statement of Response

We ran a further consultation on our revised draft plan earlier this year (1 March to 26 April 2019) and have now published our Statement of Response to this.

We received over 800 representations on our revised draft plan. This report sets out what customers and stakeholders have told us and how we have taken their views into account.

Our Statement of Response is available here.

Statement of Response - Appendices

Appendix 1: Customer Challenge Group rdWRMP report

Appendix 2: Further consultation questions

Appendix 3: Stakeholder representations received

Appendix 4: Further consultation online survey analysis

Appendix 5: Ipsos Mori customer market research findings report.

Appendix 6: Response to Angling Trust representation

Appendix 7: Response to Ardington and Lockinge Parish Council representation

Appendix 8: Response to Buckinghamshire County Council representation

Appendix 9: Response to Campaign to Protect Rural England Buchinghamshire representation

Appendix 10: Response to Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire representation

Appendix 11: Response to Campaign to Protect Rural England Oxfordshire representation

Appendix 12: Response to Canal and River Trust representation

Appendix 13: Response to Central Hertfordshire Green Corridor Group representation

Appendix 14: Response to Chesham Town Council representation

Appendix 15: Response to Chilterns Conservation Board representation

Appendix 16: Response to Colne Valley Fisheries and Colne Valley Regional Park representation

Appendix 17: Response to Consumer Council for Water representation

Appendix 18: Response to Dacorum Borough Council representation

Appendix 19: Response to East Hanney Parish Council Water representation

Appendix 20: Response to the Environment Agency representation

Appendix 21: Response to Garford Parish meeting representation

Appendix 22: Response to Group Against Reservoir Development representation

Appendix 23: Response to Historic England representation

Appendix 24: Response to Kent County Council representation

Appendix 25: Response to Mayor of London representation

Appendix 26: Response to Natural England representation

Appendix 27: Response to Ofwat representation

Appendix 28: Response to Oxfordshire County Council representation

Appendix 29: Response to River Chess Association representation

Appendix 30: Response to Steventon Parish Council representation

Appendix 31: Response to Vale of White Horse District Council

Appendix 32: Response to Ver Valley Society representation

Appendix 33: Response to Wantage and Grove Campaign Group representation

Appendix 34: Response to West Hanney Parish Council representation

Appendix 35: Response to Wheathampstead Parish council representation

Appendix 36: Response to Wycombe District Council representation

Appendix 37: Oxfordshire area Individual stakeholder responses summary

Appendix 38: River Ver Individual customer representations summary


Our draft Final Plan

Our draft final plan builds on our revised draft plan taking into account further consultation responses. We have made some changes to our revised draft plan in response to comments received and as a result of further work that we have carried out between publication of our revised draft plan and publishing our draft final plan and associated documents, which can be found below:

draft final Water Resources Management Plan is available here.

draft final Water Resources Management Plan – Non-technical summary >>

Strategic Environmental Assessment Report >>

Strategic Environmental Assessment Appendices >>

Habitats Regulations Assessment >>

draft final Water Resources Management Plan - Technical reports >>



What happens next?

Our draft final Water Resources Management Plan, 2020-2080 was submitted to the Secretary of State, Defra on 7 June 2019. We expect to publish our final plan in late 2019.


Learn more about our Plan



Water Resource Planning (WRP) tables 2020 - 2080

The purpose of the WRP tables is to assist readers of the main revised draft plan to understand how we have calculated our supply demand balance on a water resource zone (WRZ) level, along with presenting the timing of options selected to maintain this balance. These WRP tables are revised draft plan tables. Our WRP tables will be consistent with our revised Market Information tables.

Water Resources in the South East (WRSE)

Our revised draft WRMP19 has been developed alongside the WRSE regional water resource strategy. By clicking on the link below you will be able to read about the collaboration and technical work that we helped to support as a contributor to WRSE. WRSE has the aim of producing an affordable, sustainable and resilient regional strategy for water – one that delivers for customers, society and the environment across the whole of the South East of England. The document also provides some thinking and future direction on how the WRSE believe the regional coordination of water resource management in the South East could evolve over the coming years.

You can find out more information on the WRSE strategy here >>

Trading and Procurement Code

The Trading and Procurement Code sets out the policies, principles and requirements that will apply in respect of trades of water between Affinity Water and third parties including other water companies. We will keep this Code up to date and available here. The approved Code will also be available on the Ofwat website.

View the Trading and Procurement Code >>

Affinity Water and KPMG: New Business Models in the Water Sector

In 2016, to help inform our strategic planning work for PR19 we considered a range of new business models that could form part of the solution to the water resource challenges associated with climate change, drought and a growing population. To view our work, please click on the link below, which can help to provide some further context for the reader of our draft WRMP19 submission.

View the New Business Models document here >>

Water Resources Management Plan 2015 - 2040

Water Resources Management Plan 2010 - 2035

Drought Management Plan