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.

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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.

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Dredging

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