South Hampshire water supply scheme

Our plans for a strategic pipeline between our water supply works at Testwood and Otterbourne are now on hold, pending a Public Inquiry.

The Inquiry relates to the following three abstraction licence change issues:

  • The EA’s application to vary our abstraction licences on the River Itchen.
  • The EA’s non-determination of our Testwood abstraction licence variation application and the EA’s proposed changes to the licence.
  • The EA’s application to renew its Candover abstraction licence.

The Itchen, Candover and Testwood Water Abstraction Public Inquiry has now concluded.

The Section 20 Agreement will be finished and signed on the 24 April and will be sent to the Inspector along with all the other documents, including the environmental monitoring, mitigation and compensation measures which will be on the public website.

Once the Inspector has written his report, it will go to the Secretary of State who will then make the final decision on what will be implemented.

For a full list of the Inquiry documents and details, visit

Meanwhile, our project to install a new bulk supply of up to 15 million litres of treated water a day from Portsmouth Water at Gaters Mill is progressing well. For more information on this scheme, click here.