Looking to the future

The UK faces a number of challenges in securing an efficient, reliable water resource. The impact of climate change means that water scarcity will become an ever increasing reality, impacting some regions of the country more than others.

This means we will have to be innovative in how we respond to these issues.

In December 2011, the Government published a Water White Paper "Water for Life" which takes resilience as a key theme. It examines how the industry can become better equipped to repsond to climate change, whilst at the same time ensuring customers come first and water remains affordable for all. In May 2012, a Draft Water Bill was announced in the Queen's speech.

We have worked closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to ensure that changes to the water industry deliver the Government's priorities and prepare the industry for the challenges of the coming decades. We have helped drive debate through the publication of "In whose hands?: exploring vertical integration in the water industry" (PDF 9.6MB opens in new window) which looks at what structures best deliver secure, sustainable and affordable water services. Its core recommendation that vertically integrated water companies are the best means of delivering water and wastewater services was adopted in the White Paper.