Abstractions at Mere - There are local concerns about the impact of our abstractions at Mere during periods when groundwater levels are low. This performance commitment measures the total amount of water we abstract from the source in a year when groundwater levels are below an agreed trigger level (AIM period).
We have set ourselves a challenging target to significantly reduce our abstraction to a minimal level of 100 Ml or less from Mere during the AIM period. This is a significant reduction from the volume that we have historically abstracted over the same period (462 Ml).
There is a financial incentive attached to this measure, although rather than an underperformance payment it represents the extra cost of using water abstracted from elsewhere. We will refund customers £25 for each Ml we abstract over the target during periods of low groundwater.
The recent completion of the water supply grid has improved the resilience of our integrated network and should mitigate the risk of needing to use Mere. As a result, we did not abstract any water from Mere during the AIM period. We are not forecasting to exceed the target in 2019-20.