Water sector resilience: Keeping taps running and feet dry

What does a resilience duty in the Water Bill mean for the sector and has it come too late to have any real effect on water sector regulation, planning and investment this decade? Simon Inglethorpe reports

Large woody debris dams are used to help control water during high flow conditions (photograph: Forest Research)The inclusion of a new resilience duty in the Water Bill has surprised and puzzled many in the sector. After all, the term seemed to have slipped off the agenda, having dwindled to a mere five mentions in the July 2012 draft bill in contrast to nearly 40 uses in the December 2011 Water White Paper (ENDS Report 443, p43).

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