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Hampshire's six water companies

Visit to Southern Water's Testwood water treatment plant Visit to Southern Water's Testwood water treatment plant

CPRE Hampshire has been an active stakeholder in the consultations with Hampshire's six water companies during 2013-2015, especially Southern Water, as it prepares its water resource management and drought plans.

We have above all championed reductions in demand to protect our underground water resources and so our rivers, as well as:

  • Leak reduction
  • Efficient appliances
  • Increased use of grey water

But crucially we must also link planning proposals with available water resources.

Although the water companies are nearly always consulted, they have a duty to supply to a new housing development and they have to find the water. A development cannot be refused because the aquifers are under pressure. This has been especially worrying in the North East of the county where rivers are disappearing or dying.

We all remember too the dreadful floods of 2014. Some was groundwater flooding, but rivers flooded too. CPRE tries to promote sensible location of housing outside flood risk areas and prevent future downstream flooding with sensible treatment of surfaces and run-off.

But, remember also the drought conditions of 2011-2012. This was tough on our rivers because they are fed from below and we needed the water.

We liaise with all the stakeholders to promote our views:

external small Portsmouth Water
external small Sembcorp Bournemouth Water
external small South East Water
external small Southern Water
external small Thames Water
external small Wessex Water

To learn more about the challenges, please also see the Water Resources in the South East website.

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