Preserving and enhancing the natural environment for both our customers, future customers and ourselves is extremely important to us.
The Water Industry National Improvement Programme is focused on enhancing the natural environment and for this measure between 2020 and 2025 we must deliver 65 improvement schemes.
This measure tracks the completion of required schemes in each year, as per the latest WINEP programme published by Defra and kept as a live programme by the Environment Agency.
Each year we will record whether we have ‘met’ or ‘not met’ that deadline. This new target is for us to reach all our deadlines.
All WINEP schemes will be included including those reported under other performance targets.
The performance target will measure against the latest WINEP tracker in the year in which performance is being reported. Therefore, performance for 2020/21 will be reported based on the latest WINEP programme on 31 March 2021 and the schemes which have been delivered by this date.
How have we performed?
We have delivered our year one outputs but are awaiting final confirmation to support this from the Environment Agency.
The Impact of Covid-19
Covid-19 remains a risk to the delivery of a number of these schemes as high water demand could impact aspects of the Restoring Sustainable Abstraction programme where sites need to be turned off during late summer to enable pump testing. The viability of this work will need to be assessed and mitigation methods agreed with the Environment Agency.