Welsh government wants control of water policy in Wales
The Welsh Assembly wants to 'assume responsibility' for all aspects of water policy in the principality. The proposal, in line with recommendations by the Silk Commission, is one of several included in new plans to ensure a sustainable, safe and affordable water supply for Wales.
The Water Strategy, which is now out to consultation, proposes measures aimed at ensuring the sustainable management of Wales' water resources, developing new and more efficient approaches to drainage in built-up areas to reduce the risk of flooding, tackling pollution and ensuring that communities are more involved in key decisions on local water management.
It considers whether the Welsh government should consult on options for water metering in all households, and includes proposals that could lead to land managers being paid to manage water and land sustainability.
Announcing the strategy, Alun Davies, minister for Natural Resources, said: “Water is one of our greatest natural assets, providing the basis for our economic development, our tourism sector, our energy supply and our general health and well being.
“However water is not a limitless resource that can be easily replenished. It needs careful management to ensure the long term needs of our environment, people and economy can be met.
“Figures show that on average we are all using nearly 50% more water per person than we were 25 years ago and we know that our growing population, and the challenges presented by climate change are putting our water supplies under ever increasing pressure.
“This means we need to manage our water supply sustainably, in a way that encourages us to use it more efficiently and in a way that supports communities and businesses, promotes green growth and protects and enhances our natural resources. This strategy is aimed at helping us achieve just that.”
*Our Wales Water 2014 conference on May 21 in Cardiff will focus on this new policy and its new ecosystems approach to water management. Click here to find out more.
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