Water Trading Portal

One of the biggest challenges we face is the future of water. In our Central region alone if we did nothing by 2025 we would need to find around 43 million additional litres per day, which then rises to 256 million litres per day by 2080. We want to work with you to meet this challenge, we can do this by sharing innovate ideas and challenging each other – so let's act now.

We want to ensure that there is enough water available in the future to satisfy everyone’s needs while driving down costs for our customers. As we do that we want to make sure our water supplies are truly sustainable whilst also delivering wider benefits for the environment, for the economy, and for people’s well-being through the work we do.

We recognise that we can't do this on our own. We want to realise these opportunities by working together with you in a collaborative way - which is why we need your input, feedback and your ideas.

This portal should make it easier for you to more directly engage and trade water with us and will act as a one-stop shop for all the information you will need. We want this site to be used as the focal point for all opportunities in relation to water resources and demand management. Please do read the article below on our News Feed to find out more details about the information on this page. The purpose of this portal is to stimulate opportunities to work together that could be translated into water trading projects, so we would also welcome any feedback on how we could do this better, feel free to also let us know your thoughts on how that could be achieved.

If you are ready to put forward your ideas for potential schemes or opportunities you can log them in our Ideas Register. To find out more about our approach to identifying and developing new options then you can visit Our Options page which contains all the latest information available from our current WRMP24 options work and if demand management is your passion then share your ideas and best practice on our Demand Innovation Forum.

To understand our how we will manage incorporating potential schemes into our planning process please see our timeline, which lets you know when to submit your ideas.

One of the biggest challenges we face is the future of water. In our Central region alone if we did nothing by 2025 we would need to find around 43 million additional litres per day, which then rises to 256 million litres per day by 2080. We want to work with you to meet this challenge, we can do this by sharing innovate ideas and challenging each other – so let's act now.

We want to ensure that there is enough water available in the future to satisfy everyone’s needs while driving down costs for our customers. As we do that we want to make sure our water supplies are truly sustainable whilst also delivering wider benefits for the environment, for the economy, and for people’s well-being through the work we do.

We recognise that we can't do this on our own. We want to realise these opportunities by working together with you in a collaborative way - which is why we need your input, feedback and your ideas.

This portal should make it easier for you to more directly engage and trade water with us and will act as a one-stop shop for all the information you will need. We want this site to be used as the focal point for all opportunities in relation to water resources and demand management. Please do read the article below on our News Feed to find out more details about the information on this page. The purpose of this portal is to stimulate opportunities to work together that could be translated into water trading projects, so we would also welcome any feedback on how we could do this better, feel free to also let us know your thoughts on how that could be achieved.

If you are ready to put forward your ideas for potential schemes or opportunities you can log them in our Ideas Register. To find out more about our approach to identifying and developing new options then you can visit Our Options page which contains all the latest information available from our current WRMP24 options work and if demand management is your passion then share your ideas and best practice on our Demand Innovation Forum.

To understand our how we will manage incorporating potential schemes into our planning process please see our timeline, which lets you know when to submit your ideas.

  • Get Involved

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    The aim of the Water Trading Portal is to act as a repository of information, publicise opportunities and serve as a single point of reference for potential bidders. We want to standardise our procurement processes to allow for greater consistency and encourage interest from potential bidders.

    Our ambition to be at the frontier in promoting innovative methods and models to drive efficiency in the provision of these services in the increasingly water scarce south-east. These include proposals around non-household demand reduction through the potential of delivering joint water efficiency communications in an innovative way by combining wholesaler and retailer knowledge, as well as supporting retailers deliver targeted non-household water efficiency checks.

    We hope this Framework increases the ease of engagement with you and encourages a more competitive market for water supply, demand management and leakage services - leading to better value for money for customers and increased resilience of supply

    We have set out our best practice principles in the Bid Assessment Framework document (add link) which also sets out our Evaluation Criteria and Disputes Procedure.

    You will also find some other useful documents: our Trading and Procurement Code (add link) and the details from our Water Resources Plan and the associated data tables (add links).

    We are keen to break down the perceived barriers for water trading and delivery of demand management and leakage so please let us know if there is more information you need (add email link) share you ideas and lets get the conversation moving.



  • What is water trading?

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    Water trading is where a water company responsible for supplying water in an area buys it from someone else (either another water company or third party provider) rather than developing its own water resources. Trades can be for raw or treated water and are typically agreed as part of the Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP) process to ensure long-term water supply in an area. Lots of useful information around water bidding markets can be found on the OFWAT website, which provides a helpful context for interested parties when trying to understand the process.


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