Protecting water supplies at the heart of new Environment Improvement Plan
This week, the UK Government published their latest Environment Improvement Plan for England. Although the plan is refreshed every five years, the Environmental Improvement Plan is designed to be a blueprint for facilitating much-needed improvements in our environment.
Although the latest plan focuses on ten areas, water and outdoor spaces are key focuses areas within the plan. Improvements will see everybody in England living within minutes of green space or water in a project designed to restore natural spaces in England.
Water is also recognised within the report as being essential to health and well-being for all. Plans will see current water supplies protected from ‘source to sea’ with a big focus on water efficiency within buildings. In addition to nature-based solutions and modernisation of ageing water infrastructure, efficiency technologies will be promoted in new and existing developments to provide a ‘sustainable and resilient water supply’ for all.
The plan references the recent revisions to Schedule Three which seeks to make sustainable drainage systems mandatory in new developments. Read our article on this here.
Stormsaver are delighted to see water being pushed further up the environmental agenda. As our water supplies experience pressure like never before, it is critical to start using water more efficiently in every aspect of our daily lives. Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Recycling are just some of the ways of achieving huge water savings without the need for large infrastructure changes.