Green light for Sutton and East Surrey Water's WRMP
Reducing leakage by a further 500,000l a day as well as increasing the resilience of its distribution network are among Sutton and East Surrey Water's long-term plans to secure water supplies for its customers. The company's Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP), covering 2015 to 2040, has just been approved by environment secretary Owen Paterson.
Highlights of the plan for the next five years include:
- Installing a further 32,000 water meters to unmetered homes
- Continuing to find and fix more leaks to reduce leakage by a further 500,000l a day
- Delivering water efficiency programmes and devices to schools, care homes and the hospitality sector
- Increasing the resilience of our distribution network by laying new trunk mains
- Ongoing improvements to Bough Beech Water Treatment Works so it can treat more water abstracted from the River Eden
Commenting on the plan, Sutton and East Surrey Water engineering director Lester Sonden, said: “This plan plays a critical role in determining how we will meet growth in demand for water from today’s and tomorrow’s customers, while at the same time protecting the environment on which we rely for those water supplies.
In producing the plan, Sutton and East Surrey Water worked closely with its neighbouring water companies, through the Water Resources in the South East Group, to develop ways of sharing any surpluses of water across a region that is "classified as being in serious water stress".
Sonden said: “We are pleased to have played an active role in those discussions, and so our plan includes longer-term schemes which will help transfer any surpluses of water to neighbouring water companies through new pipelines.”
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