South West Water has announced their vision for the future of water management in the South West. By adopting a water sensitive approach, SWW ultimately aims to utilise sustainable practices to achieve low cost, efficient water management practices by utilising Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). The first of its kind in the UK, Water Sensitive Urban Design originated in Australia and focuses on water management at the earliest stages of development. By recognising that all aspects of the water cycle are linked it is possible to reduce the impacts of climate change and population growth in towns and cities.
Following a workshop initiated by AECOM and hosted by South West Water, a partnership was formed between South West Water, AECOM, University of Exeter, the Environment Agency, Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council & Cornwall Council to deliver a new vision for the future management of the region’s water supplies. From this a vision document has been produced detailing the benefits and barriers facing the implementation of the WSUD in the South West. Three key elements have been agreed within the partnership as the main factors that will govern the shift to a water sensitive future. These are ;
- The identification of WSUD champions within organisations and communities
- The establishment of partnership working arrangements
- The agreement from participants to realise the benefits of water sensitive solutions and show commitment to their delivery.
For more information and to read the vision document in full click here