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CIWEM West Midlands Restoring Sustainable Abstraction
Tue 23 May 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
The Restoring Sustainable Abstraction (RSA) programme is part of the larger National Environment Programme (NEP). This is an ongoing process whereby the Environment Agency (EA) will identify public water supply abstraction sources that they perceive as having a detrimental impact to the environment; the water company will investigate this, where by the impact will be quantified and if required mitigated measures are proposed.
STW’s RSA programme was siginificantly increased in AMP5 with application of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) drivers. 48 WFD water bodies were investigated, the impact of PWS abstarctions quantified and mitigation for 19 of the WFD waterbodies were included in PR14 Plan for AMP6 as Implementation schemes.
With investment secured, the impact and options identified, feasibility to deliver implementation schemes is now being completed. James Tredwell (Atkins) and Zoe Reville (STW) will look at some of the implementation projects in the Midlands where STW is working with stakeholders to deliver environmental improvements through the RSA programme, whilst balancing the water supply needs of its customers. In particular, it look at the range of approaches being considered and some of the challenges being faces.