Examination in public

An examination in public on our draft Water Resources Management Plan (dWRMP) in relation to the West Cumbria Resource Zone was held on 16 and 17 September 2014.

The Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has received the Inspector’s report and accepted its three recommendations. The Secretary of State has directed us to make changes to our revised dWRMP in line with the three recommendations as detailed below:

  • Thirlmere option is accepted as the right long term solution. The revised dWRMP will be updated to reflect work done since November 2013, particularly in relation to the 2022 project in use date;
  • The revised dWRMP will be amended to include a contingency plan for the event that the Thirlmere option becomes undeliverable; this is in accordance with the Common Ground between ourselves and the Environment Agency;
  • The plan will be updated in terms of the interim abstraction reduction measures that are already underway:
    • The four boreholes at South Egremont
    • The work at Summergrove
    • The tankering that has already been adopted in the Drought Plan.

No additional interim measures are required.

The Secretary of State has issued a Direction which requires us to make the changes to the revised dWRMP by 9 February 2015. View a copy of the full report here.

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