Water Resources West launched with a fantastic event on Friday 16 October 2020, with around 70 people from multiple sectors attending.
The launch event was led by Richard Blackwell, Director of Water Resources West, and Gaynor Murphy, Stakeholder Lead, who outlined the aims of the organisation and the challenges water faces.
Water Resources West (WRW) has been set up to look at a long term plan for water resources across the cross border catchments between England and Wales, the North West of England, and the Midlands. WRW consists of a group of abstractors, their representatives and regulators. Over the next three years we will be developing plans for sustainable and resilient water supplies for all abstractors across this wide area ensuring the sustainability of water resources, considering wider societal needs, environmental improvement and working across sectors.
The event provided the opportunity to introduce people to the consultations run by Water Resources West.
A high-profile panel with speakers featured at the event, including:
- Dan Rogerson (Chair, Water Resources West)
- Margaret Read (Director, Stakeholder & Programme, RAPID)
- Mike Morris (CEO, Severn Rivers Trust)
- Ian Brown (Head of Water Resources, Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water)
- Adam Briggs (Environment & Land User Advisor, NFU North West)
The launch event also enabled guests to network outside of the speaking sections and begin consulting with other stakeholders. Delegates were able to ask questions to the panel and engage with panellists after the event in breakout tables. If you missed the launch event, you can view the video here.
Richard Blackwell, Director of Water Resources West, said:
“We are excited by the interest shown in the Water Resources West launch event, which was well attended and introduced our consultations, wider ambitions and long-term vision.
We have come together to form Water Resources West and beat the challenges facing water users to deliver sustainable water resources for 2050 and beyond.
I can’t wait to work with the stakeholders who have shown interest so far and to progress our plans further.”