• Home
  • What's New
  • Consultation on the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP)

Consultation on the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP)

The Government and water regulators (Environment Agency and Ofwat) have set out an ambitious programme of reform to build back greener from the pandemic through the review of the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP).

The WINEP, which sets out the actions water companies need to undertake to improve the environment, has delivered significant benefits to water quality, biodiversity and water resources over the last 30 years, including increasing the proportion of “excellent” bathing waters from less than a third to over two thirds.

In recent years, however, improvements to the overall quality of the water environment have plateaued. The challenges of climate change and biodiversity, as well as population growth and emerging chemical contaminants, are further offsetting progress.

New reforms set out the ambition – shared by the Government and regulators – for a water sector that delivers for customers, the environment and wider society. They reflect the Government’s aims for clean and plentiful water in the 25 Year Environment Plan which will be enshrined in law in the Environment Bill, better protecting the water environment we all rely on.

The Government’s new draft Strategic Policy Statement (SPS) for Ofwat has also been published today for consultation with industry and stakeholders, outlining the key priorities for the independent regulator to deliver on.

For more details see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/water-policy-reforms-to-deliver-ambitious-environmental-agenda