• by Karma Loveday

South East Water ponders behavioural economics, transfers, reservoirs and reuse


South East Water has published its draft Water Resources Management Plan for consultation and includes proposals that extend beyond the obligatory 2045 period to look 60 years out to 2080. The proposals in summary are:

2020-25

  • 15% leakage reduction, by 14Ml/d

  • 20.7Ml/d reduction by applying innovative behavioural economics techniques combined with water efficiency initiatives (by 2080).

  • An additional 18.2Ml/d from a new water treatment works at the former Aylesford Newsprint site via a new licence trade arrangement.

2025 to 2045 (on top of continued leakage and water efficiency work)

  • A licenced trade groundwater source at Halling, Kent (1.3 Ml/d)

  • A regional water transfer scheme from SES Water (9 Ml/d)

  • Developing and improving two existing water treatment works at Bewl WTW Kent (8 Ml/d), and Ford WTW in East Kent (1 Ml/d)

  • Two water re-use schemes at Aylesford in Kent (9Ml/d), and Peacehaven, East Sussex (25 Ml/d)

  • Catchment management activities in the Pembury area, Kent (0.3 Ml/d), and at Woodgarston (3.0 Ml/d)

  • A new reservoir at Broad Oak, Kent (19.6 Ml/d)

  • A new reservoir adjacent to our existing Arlington Reservoir, East Sussex, (16.1 Ml/d)

  • Four new company transfers between water resource zones, and also five improvement schemes to pipe network to improve the connectivity within South East’s supply area.

2045-80

  • Desalination at Eastbourne, Reculver and the River Medway

  • Water re-use at Weatherlees

  • A new reservoir at Goose Green

  • New raw water abstraction and treatment works from the River Thames

  • Regional water transfers from Portsmouth and Thames Water

  • Aquifer storage and recovery near Maidenhead

  • New groundwater source at Farnborough

  • Combined use of the surface and groundwater near the River Ouse

  • New company transfers between water resource zones, and also improvements to pipe network to improve the connectivity within South East’s supply area.

The consultation runs until 21 May.


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