Water Resources East (WRE) was formed by Anglian Water in 2014 as a pioneering collaborative approach to water resources planning across eastern England.
Instead of the traditional approach, in which water companies look at water resource planning for their respective areas in isolation, WRE has brought together regulators, companies, retailers and individuals in the water, agriculture, power and environmental sector. It has looked at the needs and potential trade-offs across all these organisations and balanced considerations of customers, agriculture, the economy and the environment.
Since becoming an independent company in 2019, WRE have made clear that they seek a Board of Directors with as wide a membership as possible to reflect the collaborative nature of the project. To this end ADA was approached by WRE at the start of the summer about appointing a Director to represent internal drainage boards (IDBs) in the East of England.
In October David Thomas, Chief Executive of the Middle Level Commissioners was confirmed as ADA’s representative on WRE’s Board of Directors. He will represent and report back to IDBs in the region through ADA. In a letter to IDBs in the region David has highlighted some of the key areas of shared interest between IDBs and WRE:
The condition of ADA taking a seat is linked to the provision of some financial support for the continued administration of WRE’s technical and managerial staff. WRE’s technical projects are being separately funded. WRE requested a contribution of £15,000 from ADA for the first year of operation. ADA has put a proposal for tiered funding to IDBs in the region in order to deliver that contribution. It is based upon the same methodology as that currently used to raise ADA subscriptions, which is calculated on the basis of an IDB’s area and told annual value of land holdings.