Looking to the future

The UK faces a number of challenges in securing an efficient, reliable water resource. For instance, 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.

You will find listed below a number of consultation papers we have written or commissioned to help us address these challenges.

  • Further market participation in bioresources

    Challenges such as climate change and population growth mean that creative and innovative solutions are required to ensure a reliable, resilient and affordable services in the future.  Utilising markets is one such solution and PR19 saw a number of steps to promote the greater use of markets within bioresources. We have considered potential options to further develop market participation within bioresources. Within this paper we have assessed these options, identifying a package of measures that could be taken to utilise markets to support the delivery of better outcomes.

    Download the full report ‘A review of options for further market participation in bioresources’ (PDF 1,112 KB opens in a new window).

  • Evolving the Water Industry National Environment Programme to deliver greater value

    There is widespread agreement that the time is right to evolve the WINEP to enable the water industry to deliver greater value for every pound spent.  This has led to Defra, Ofwat and the Environment Agency coming together to lead a cross governmental review of the WINEP process.  Building on United Utilities’ experience of implementing a Catchment Systems Thinking (CaST) strategy, this discussion paper proposes three key principles, which aim to better support the industry in delivering greater value.

    Download the full report 'WINEP review discussion paper' (PDF 629 KB opens in a new window).

Previous publications

Here you will find listed below a number of papers we have written or commissioned to help us address future challenges.

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