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Itchen Initiative

Our Itchen Initiative is working to produce practical recommendations to protect rivers and other natural waterways in the UK by preventing unsustainable levels of abstraction at the least possible cost.

The initiative is named after the River Itchen, one of the world's most beautiful and iconic rivers, now threatened with over-abstraction of water, a growing population, and climate change.

The initiative brings together experts from the water industry and beyond to develop ideas to feed into the government's forthcoming Water White Paper, as well as OFWAT's ongoing regulatory review.

Our final report and the discussion papers are available to download on the right. We welcome any comments and feedback.

For further information or to share your thoughts please get in touch with our Freshwater Policy Officer Rose Timlett.