NI Water has now completed a draft Water Resource & Supply Resilience Plan (WR&SR Plan). This draft Plan is an important document for NI Water, as it shows how the company will manage and develop water resources to make sure there is enough water to meet future supply needs. The draft WR&SRP takes into account changes in population, housing, water usage and incorporates any predicted changes to our climate. This includes how water supplies would be maintained during critical periods such as severe winters, drought and also includes a drought plan.
NI Water has made significant improvements in water resilience for customers since the last Plan was launched in 2012. The draft Plan aims to build on this work, ensuring continued high levels of leakage detection, sustained investment in water mains and water efficiency initiatives.
A Strategic Environmental Assessment has also been developed for the draft Plan. This assessment looks at the potential impact of our Plan on the environment.
NI Water devised the draft WR&SR Plan with input from key stakeholders, including the Department for Infrastructure, the Utility Regulator, the Drinking Water Inspectorate, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Consumer Council NI.
The draft Plan and associated documents are available to download here:
- Draft Water Resource & Supply Resilience Plan
- Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report
- Draft SEA Environmental Report Non-Technical Summary
- Draft SEA Appendices including: (Habitats Regulation Assessment, Water Framework Directive Assessment, Equality Impact Assessment, Regulatory Impact Assessment, Rural Needs Impact Assessment and a Human Rights Impact Assessment)
- Consultation Response Form
Please send any representations to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) who will review these before sending them to NI Water for comment. If you wish to make a representation on the draft Plan or supporting documents please do so before 27 September 2019 using the below contact details:
Water Resource & Supply Resilience Plan Responses
Department for Infrastructure
10-18 Adelaide Street
Belfast BT2 8GB
Following the consultation period, once all the representations have been reviewed and addressed as appropriate, NI Water will publish a summary of the consultation responses and the Final WR & SR Plan.
The Water and Sewerage Services Act (Northern Ireland) 2016, permits NI Water to combine the Water Resource Management Plan and the Drought Plan as part of a Water Resource & Supply Resilience Plan (WR&SR Plan).
NI Water has not excluded any information from the draft Plan for either commercial confidentiality or for national security interests under Article 71(10) of the Water & Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.