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[F137AWater resources management plans: preparation and reviewE+W

(1)It shall be the duty of each water undertaker to prepare and maintain a water resources management plan.

(2)A water resources management plan is a plan for how the water undertaker will manage and develop water resources so as to be able, and continue to be able, to meet its obligations under this Part.

(3)A water resources management plan shall address in particular—

(a)the water undertaker’s estimate of the quantities of water required to meet those obligations;

(b)the measures which the water undertaker intends to take or continue for the purpose set out in subsection (2) above (also taking into account for that purpose the introduction of water into the undertaker’s supply system by or on behalf of licensed water suppliers);

(c)the likely sequence and timing for implementing those measures; and

(d)such other matters as the Secretary of State may specify in directions.

(4)The procedure for preparing a water resources management plan (including a revised plan) is set out in section 37B below.

(5)Before each anniversary of the date when its plan (or revised plan) was last published, the water undertaker shall —

(a)review its plan; and

(b)send a statement of the conclusions of its review to the Secretary of State.

(6)The water undertaker shall prepare a revised plan in each of the following cases—

(a)following conclusion of its annual review, if the review indicated a material change of circumstances;

(b)if directed to do so by the Secretary of State;

(c)in any event, not later than the end of the period of five years beginning with the date when the plan (or revised plan) was last published,

and shall follow the procedure in section 37B below (whether or not the revised plan prepared by the undertaker includes any proposed alterations to the previous plan).

(7)The Secretary of State may give directions specifying—

(a)the form which a water resources management plan must take;

(b)the planning period to which a water resources management plan must relate.

(8)Before preparing its water resources management plan (including a revised plan), the water undertaker shall consult—

(a)the Environment Agency;

(b)the Authority;

(c)the Secretary of State; and

(d)any licensed water supplier which supplies water to premises in the undertaker’s area via the undertaker’s supply system.

(9)The Secretary of State shall consult the Environment Agency before giving a direction under subsection (6)(b) above.

(10)In this section, in relation to a water resources management plan, “published” means published in accordance with section 37B(8)(a) below.]

Textual Amendments

F1Ss. 37A-37D inserted (1.10.2004 for specified purposes and 1.10.2005 for further specified purposes and 1.4.2006 for specified provisions and further purposes and 1.4.2007 otherwise) by Water Act 2003 (c. 37), ss. 62, 105(3); S.I. 2004/2528, art. 2(j) (with art. 4); S.I. 2005/2714, art. 2(i) (with Sch. paras. 6, 8); S.I. 2006/984, art. 2(q) (with art. 3, Sch.); S.I. 2007/1021, art. 2(a)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Ss. 37A-37D modified (1.10.2004 for specified purposes and 1.10.2005 for further specified purposes and 1.4.2007 otherwise) by S.I. 1999/672, Sch. 2 (as amended by Water Act 2003 (c. 37), ss. 100(3)(7), 105(3); S.I. 2004/2528, art. 2(s) (with savings in art. 4); S.I. 2005/2714, art. 2(k) (with Sch. 2 para. 8); S.I. 2007/1021, art. 2(c)

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