Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment - Guidance for Water Resources Management Plans and Drought Plans

Reference: 12/WR/02/7
ISBN: 1 84057 627 8
Published Date: 25/04/2012

This report provides up to date guidance for water companies undertaking Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of their water resources management plans and drought plans. The guidance sets out methods designed to facilitate a consistent approach across the industry, while helping to ensure regulatory compliance. The guidance reviews SEAs and HRAs of plans produced during PR09 and clarifies emerging issues, including potential double counting of impacts, the role of SEA and how its outcomes should be integrated into plans; and the application of HRA at the plan as opposed to project level. The guidance was developed through close cooperation between the regulators and water companies on the project Steering Group. These extensive discussion helped to define a workable approach which satisfies regulatory requirements, and which is aligned with the Environment Agency's Drought Planning Guideline and Water Resources Planning Guideline.

Price: £20  

Strategic Environmental Assessment - Guidance for Water Resources Management Plans and Drought Plans

Reference: 07/WR/02/5
ISBN: 1 84057 463 1
Published Date: 19/11/2007

Water resources management plans (WRMP) and drought plans (DP) may require strategic environmental assessment under the SEA Directive. 'Best Practice' guidance was produced, firstly to determine this requirement, and secondly, how best to implement it.
A methodology, adaptable to different water company approaches, was developed to integrate SEA into WRMP/DP formulation. Environmental and social criteria were derived for the SEA from a review of baseline data and relevant planning and policy documents, and used to assess WRMP schemes, WRMP programmes and DP options alongside existing assessment methods based on cost (eg AIC/AISC). Cumulative effects were considered as required by the Directive, and worked examples of SEA applications were provided. The importance of providing a detailed explanatory commentary alongside the assessment results to achieve transparency and accountability was emphasised.

Price: £19  

Drought and Demand: Scoping Study Investigating Drought Effects on Water Quality in Distribution

Reference: 07/WR/02/4
ISBN: 1 84057 446 1
Published Date: 27/06/2007

The project involved a short desk-based study to examine the potential effects that drought may have on water quality in the distribution system. It attempted to identify the consequences for water availability, costs and quality at the customers' tap. The project did not examine supplies or potential treatment issues.

The water companies and other key stakeholders were asked to report on any issues relating to the effects of the drought on water quality within distribution systems. There were concerns over the effects of using standpipes or introducing rota cuts, but the chances of these being required were considered to be very remote.

The findings of this study suggest that there were no significant issues experienced or expected with water quality in the distribution system as a result of the 2004-06 drought or the short term responses to it.

Price: £10