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Blueprint for Water

Water is our most precious natural resource. It is vital to people’s health and happiness, vital for the environment and our wildlife, and vital to our economy.

Our water environment is in crisis. Providing enough clean, safe water is becoming ever more difficult and expensive, and climate change is increasing the challenge. Our rivers and lakes are under pressure from pollution and abstraction, while most of our wetlands have been lost to drainage.

It need not be this way. The Blueprint for Water offers an alternative. An alternative where we are less wasteful of our water; where we keep our rivers flowing, clean and healthy and our wetlands wet. Where the water we use is priced fairly and those who pollute it are made to pay; where our waste is properly treated and not washed straight into waterways.

The Government has made a commitment to meet the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, which says the ecology of our waters must be restored to health by 2015. This Blueprint sets out the steps needed to meet this target.

ART has been involved with Anglers Conservation Association, National Trust, RSPB, Salmon & Trout Association, Waterwise, Wildlife Trusts, WWF, and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in the preparation and, on 28 November 2006, the launch nationally of a manifesto for water under the title “Blueprint for Water” - 10 steps to sustainable water by 2015.

The original report can be downloaded by clicking here (File size: 1.9mb - File Format: Adobe PDF)
The 2010 report can be downloaded by clicking here (File size: 1.4mb - File Format: Adobe PDF)
Further information from

10 steps for sustainable water by 2015 - The Blueprint

    • Waste less water
    • Keep our rivers flowing and wetlands wet
    • Price water fairly
    • Make polluters pay
    • Stop pollutants contaminating our water
    • Keep sewage out of homes and rivers and off beaches
    • Support water-friendly farming
    • Clean up drainage from roads and buildings
    • Restore rivers from source to sea
    • Retain water on floodplains and wetlands
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