On the 27th of June 2018, the WRSE and Defra jointly convened a round table discussion with a small group of strategic stakeholders representing the water companies, regulators, government, the NIC and regional groups.
The meeting participants heard about the Environment Agency’s plans for a National Framework for water resource management, and had an opportunity to respond to the NIC’s recommendations for public water supply and resilience discussing the short and long-term activities needed to address the future need for water. The group also discussed the move towards more regional groups and their role, options for a more regional approach water resource, and the issues and barriers that need to be tackled to ensure optimal management.
The meeting was a great success: it is notable that it was the first time that senior representatives of all the different parties involved in the water industry gathered together, for robust discussions on key issues. The positive feedback underlines the desire for collaborative working on all sides to help move the resilience agenda forwards, recognise the value of water, and better manage this precious resource for the benefit of people and the environment.