We developed a risk assessment methodology for each of the six national planning objectives (POs) specified by Water UK (POs 1 to 6) and for the two bespoke POs (POs 7 & 8) that we identified as helpful to the DWMP process.
We worked with our experts and those from partner organisations to develop risk assessments for six additional objectives (POs 9 – 14).
A summary of the methodologies we developed for all the risk assessments are available below. They set out the data used, the process followed and the thresholds applied to produce the risk profile, or risk banding of Band 0 (not significant), Band 1 (moderately significant) or Band 2 (very significant).
BRAVA Methodology – Internal Sewer Flooding Risk
BRAVA Methodology – Pollution Risk
BRAVA Methodology – Sewer Collapse Risk
BRAVA Methodology – Sewer Flooding 1 in 50 year storm
BRAVA Methodology – Storm Overflow Performance
BRAVA Methodology – Risk of WTW Compliance (Quality)
BRAVA Methodology – Annualised Flood Risk (Hydraulic overload)
BRAVA Methodology – Wastewater Treatment Works (WTW) Dry Weather Flow (DWF) Compliance
BRAVA Methodology – Achieve Good Ecological Status / Potential
BRAVA Methodology – Improve surface water management
BRAVA Methodology – Secure nutrient neutrality
BRAVA Methodology – Reduce groundwater pollution
BRAVA Methodology – Improve bathing water quality
BRAVA Methodology – Protect shellfish water quality
We applied the methodologies to the 335 wastewater systems that were flagged during the Risk Based Catchment Screening as needing to be considered in further in the BRAVA stage of the DWMP. The BRAVA provided us with an assessment of the current risks (baseline 2020) and of the risks for future (2050) planning horizons.
The outputs of the BRAVA provide an indicative risk score for each wastewater system for the base year of 2020. For 6 of the planning objectives we were also able to calculate a future predicted score for 2050. The 2050 scores assume that we continue with the current maintenance regime. The risk scores are either 0, 1 or 2 as described in the table below (based on the Water UK Guidance on DWMPs):
A summary of the BRAVA outputs for each of the river basin catchments is available within the river basin sections of this website:
BRAVA for the Adur and Ouse catchment
BRAVA for the Arun and Western Streams catchment
BRAVA for the Cuckmere and Pevensey Levels catchment
BRAVA for the East Hampshire catchment
BRAVA for the Isle of Wight catchment
BRAVA for the Medway catchment
BRAVA for the New Forest catchment
BRAVA for the North Kent catchment
BRAVA for the Rother catchment
BRAVA for the Stour catchment
BRAVA for the Test and Itchen catchment
The risk assessments are an important stage of the DWMP. We used the best data and information available from 2020 to meet the timetable and expectations established by Ofwat for all water companies. We aim to further develop and improve the risk assessments for future DWMPs.