Blueprint for PR19
A healthy, natural environment is important not just for nature but for our society, our economy and our individual wellbeing.
Between now and September 2018, water companies in England and Wales will be drawing up plans for their investments between 2020 to 2025. Companies are required to produce these plans for the Periodic Review 2019 (PR19), and we believe nature should be at the heart of these plans.
As major private investors in water and environmental management in the UK, water companies have a pivotal role in the stewardship of the environment that we all cherish, and that the sector relies on to operate.
We believe these PR19 plans are crucial to deliver for both customers and the environment. As Blueprint, we have together produced a series of priorities that we want to see reflected in these forthcoming plans, to safeguard and protect nature.
Wet Wipes Turn Nasty
Blueprint is supporting the Marine Conservation Society’s campaign to raise awareness about the harm caused when wet wipes are flushed down the toilet, and encourage retailers and manufacturers to clearly label their wet wipe products.
Flushing wet wipes down the toilet is responsible for over 80% of sewer flooding incidents and more than 3000 properties are flooded each year as a result. MCS is calling for retailers and manufacturers to include clear labelling to ensure consumers are aware they are not flushable. You can help by signing MCS’s petition and spreading the word on social media.
Save our Waters
Our wellbeing depends on the complex water system that rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and beaches form. But today, less that a quarter of our water systems are classified as healthy. Right now we have a rare opportunity to help restore the health of these water systems. The Environment Agency is asking you to comment on plans (River Basin Management Plans) that will determine how our waters are managed for the next six years.
There are many causes for our waters being in a poor state. Pollution, habitat destruction and too much water being taken out for homes and businesses all have an impact. This is your chance to help to fix things. You can comment on the plans by adding your name to our Save our Waters campaign. There are two ways to comment. The first only takes five minutes but, if you have a little more time, you can go into more detail about a river or wetland you know and why you want to see it restored and protected.
Following the devastating 2013/14 floods and consequent dredging, in February 2014, the Blueprint for Water coalition endorsed the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) ‘Floods and dredging- a reality check’ report.
The report – published by the independent flood management experts- suggests solely relying on dredging can make some communities more vulnerable to the risk of flooding. Instead, the report’s authors, along with Blueprint, call for leadership promoting sustainable measures to control flooding crises, rather than politically-motivated, knee-jerk reactions.
In October 2014, the Blueprint for Water submitted to the Treasury ahead of their autumn statement a new report ‘Dredging up Trouble‘. Blueprint for Water partners highlight the importance of other options being properly considered. The report identifies 10 priority areas which would inevitably lose out if new funding is ring-fenced for dredging alone. These include protecting life and public health, natural flood management options and sustainable drainage systems