Blueprint for PR19
Over the next 12 months water companies in England and Wales will be drawing up plans as part of PR19 (Periodic Review 2019) for their investments between 2020 to 2025. These plans must deliver for nature.
Over the last decade the Blueprint for Water coalition has been successful in influencing much of the investment by water companies to ensure that it is delivering for people and for nature. However, there are still major challenges ahead.
As Blueprint, we are together producing a series of priorities that we want to see reflected in the forthcoming plans. These address areas such as water resources and over-abstraction, ecosystem resilience, water efficiency and affordability, catchment management and environmental pollution.
Throughout the PR19 process we will be engaging with Defra, OFWAT, the Environment Agency, Natural England and water companies themselves, to get their perspective and ideas. In early summer 2017 we will formally launch our PR19 Blueprint for Water. A copy of what we produced in the last periodic review can be found here.
If you want to get involved with the campaign or want to know who from the Blueprint for Water coalition is working with your local company then get in touch.
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