Regional water resources

Regional water resources

There is a new requirement for water companies to work together to produce regional water resource plans and where possible assess the potential to move water from areas of surplus to areas of deficit.  Wessex Water is proud to be part of the West Country Water Resources Group, along with Bristol Water, South West Water, the Environment Agency and Natural England.

More information on the group can be found at our dedicated West Country Water Resources website.

We are working together to produce our first Regional Water Resources Plan, a draft of which we will consult on in August 2021, before the final plan is published in 2022.  

In addition to producing a regional plan regulators require us to investigate the feasibility of three potential regional schemes over the next five year period.  All the schemes are for the potential benefit of Southern Water who have a supply demand deficit in their area.

The Gate 1 ‘North Sources and Transfers’ investigation considered the potential to develop new resources in Bristol Water’s area and, via transmission through Wessex Water’s area, direct water into resource-constrained Southern Water’s area.  A summary feasibility report on this investigation can be found here:

West Country North Gate 1 report - Sept 2020

The Gate 1 South Sources and Transfers investigation, and the Gate 1 Southern Transfer investigation have considered transfers from South West water’s Roadford reservoir and effluent re-use, to support Southern Water.  Summary feasibility reports on these investigations can be found here:

West Country South - sources and transfers SRO gate one report July 2021

West Country South - Southern Water transfer SRO gate one report July 2021

The links below are our responses to queries from RAPID on the above south scheme submissions.  This includes specific comments and answers, in addition to provision of our Environmental Assessments:

West Country South SROs Environmental Assessments combined

West Country South SROs RAPID gate 1 queries and solution owner responses

A Gate 1 investigation has been completed for a new scheme to potentially repurpose a quarry in the Mendips for future water supplies. A summary report on the initial feasibility of this option can be found here:

Mendip Quarries SRO gate one report December 2021

RAPID's queries on the Gate 1 Mendip Quarries submission and our responses to these are in the following document:

Mendip quarries SRO RAPID queries and responses Feb 2022