Water resources

Two major challenges face Cambridge Water. As well as operating in one of the driest areas of the UK we also operate in one of the fastest growing areas with our population predicted to increase by 50,000 over the next 25 years.

How does this affect the water supply?

Cambridge Water relies on winter rainfall to replenish the underground aquifer from which we pump all our water. So as long as winter rainfall does not diminish, our overall water supply should remain secure.

However, the possibility of hotter, drier summers, combined with an increase in population, raises the prospect of higher demands on the water supply - particularly in hot weather as customers choose to water their gardens, take more showers and fill their paddling pools, putting a strain on the local distribution network at peak times.

Ensuring we have enough water to sustain our population now and in the future is therefore one of our key priorities.

You can find out more by reading our Water Resources Management Plan.

We are currently preparing our next Water Resources Management Plan and in the process of pre-consultation on the plan and supporting information.


Our approach to the next Water Resources Management plan is explained in Our Approach to Water Reserouces Management Planning (see document below.)

We are also consulting on our proposed approach to Strategic Environmental Assessment for the water Resources Plan, this will run for 6 weeks from the 18 April 2017.  You can find out more by reading the SEA Scoping report below.

If you wish to comment on the Water Resources Management Plan or SEA Scoping report, please email wrmp.consultation@cambridge-water.co.uk, stating WRMP consultation, or SEA scope in the subject line


Approach to Water Resources Management Planning
Our approach to Water Resources Management Planning