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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Moynihan Lord Moynihan Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of their water resource management responsibilities, water companies have been asked to look beyond their boundaries to secure sufficient water supply to satisfy future customer demand.

Photo of Lord Moynihan Lord Moynihan Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish best practice guidelines as part of water resource management plans to ensure that the right solutions can be delivered at competitive prices.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ofwat and the Environment Agency published joint water resources management planning guidance in 2012. This included the expectation that water companies should consider all options to balance supply with demand, including water trading, cross boundary solutions and third party supplier solutions. Updated guidance is currently being prepared for publication for the next planning round.

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