The group will help ensure, through development of and involvement in due process, that the approach taken delivers km of improvements to meet and exceed targets for NWG’s Water Environment Improvements outcome delivery incentive (OD) that are justified and of benefit to customers. The WEGG will also be responsible for providing evidence of external assurance to Ofwat through interactions with the Water Forum Environment Sub-Group.
The group will cover NWG’s approach to improving the water environment across its Northumbrian Water and Essex & Suffolk Water supply and operating areas (nine management catchments across the North East, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk).
The water environment within these regions is considered to be all rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs, wetlands, beaches and coastline.
Accessible water environment is defined as the areas of rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs, wetlands, beaches and coastline that customers can get to via public or private access, allowing customers to engage with, enjoy and benefit from water in the environment.
Improvements delivered upstream may benefit downstream accessible areas.
The WEGG will agree whether ideas, opportunities, schemes and projects fit within the scope of the approach and have the final say on eligibility.
The anticipated aims of the WEGG are to: