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Understanding future water demand outside of the water industry - WT15107

The Environment Agency and Defra are currently developing the first iteration of a Water Resources National Framework that will aim to provide strategic direction in water resources planning, to steer the water industry towards greater collaboration at a regional and national scale, and to give far stronger consideration to a wider range of water users.
A key component to developing the National Framework is understanding future changes in water demands from major water abstractors across the country, including those arising from the water industry and beyond. While evidence on future demands from the water industry is well structured and undergoes cyclical and statutory review, information on current and future water demands from sectors outside the water industry is not always available, collated or disseminated effectively for use by those involved in water resources modelling and planning.
This project delivers an up to date view for a multi-sectoral audience of the key drivers for and uncertainties in water demand outside the water industry, focusing on a selection of prioritised water-using sub-sectors spanning agriculture, manufacturing and electricity production.

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The overall aim of this project is to
Ć Build on previous and existing work;
Ć Better understand the baseline of water demand across sectors;
Ć Collate existing information and research into future water demand;
Ć Identify future scenarios and datasets that can be used to assess impacts on water demand;
Ć Identify gaps in knowledge and data; and
Ć Where possible, compile datasets that inform modelling under the Water Resources National Framework.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Final Report   (4764k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix A WRGIS NALDCode Groupings   (213k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix B Growth factor estimation Chemicals   (168k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix B Growth factor estimation Food and Drink   (163k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix B Growth factor estimation Paper and Pulp   (163k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix B Growth factor estimation Spray Irrigation   (181k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix C Literature review method   (221k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix D Evidence Register   (872k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2019

To: 2020

Cost: £84,599
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions UK
Water Resources              
Water Supply