The Water Resource Strategy sets out the St Helena Government’s (SHG) intentions in relation to water resource planning and management. Low rainfall as a result of dryer climates and warmer average temperatures have an important impact on St Helena’s raw water resources and thus, most critically, the ability to supply clean drinking water to residents and water supply for agriculture and businesses. This strategy addresses the need to reduce the risk of water shortages, and the associated impact on livelihoods, the economy, and the environment.  

The draft Water Resource Strategy is available at

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* 1. Do you agree with the overall aims of this Water Resource Strategy?
If 'No', please state why in the box below.

The overall aims of the Water Resource Strategy are as follows:

i. Ensure that sufficient quality and quantity of water is available to support healthy living

ii. Ensure that sufficient quality and quantity of water is available to sustain economic activity

iii. Ensure that sufficient quality and quantity of water is available to sustain food security

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* 2. Do you agree with the principles of this Water Resource Strategy?
If 'No', please state why in the box below.

The Water Resource Strategy has been developed to describe the means by which St Helena will achieve the following principles:

1. Ensure adequate access to safe drinking water;

2. Ensure availability of water of required qualities to sustain and develop agricultural production;

3. Provide continuity of water supplies required for economic activity (e.g. food processing, construction, tourism, etc.)

4. Ensure that water resources and associated infrastructure assets are managed efficiently to minimise the cost of water to all consumers

5. Improve behaviours associated with the efficient use of water

6. Encourage the sound management and protection of freshwater resources

7. Protect of the island’s environment and ecosystems:

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* 3. Do you agree with SHG’s Objectives related to the provision of Water Resources? 
If 'No', please state why in the box below.

The aims and principles can be addressed via four clear strategic objectives:

1.            Water security

2.            Drinking water quality

3.            Water affordability

4.            Water sustainability

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* 4. Do you agree that the Targets and Performance Measures are a good representation of the expectations of St Helena’s residents and businesses?
If 'No', please state why in the box below.

Targets and Performance Measures

·         The frequency of drought incidents should be minimised 

·         If drought occurs there should be minimal impact to business

·         The Water Network should be efficient

·         There should be increased take up of water efficiency and water storage measures amongst homes and businesses

·         There should be continuity of water supply

·         Access to water supply shall be assured

·         The customer experience shall be improved

·         Drinking water quality expectations with regards to health, appearance, taste and odour, shall be achieved

·         Water bills should be affordable

·         Connect Saint Helena should reduce reliance on SHG subsidy

·         Environment and Ecosystems should be preserved

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* 5. Do you agree that the Water Resource Management Plan should be drafted by the utilities provider, Connect Saint Helena Ltd, with consultancy support?
If 'No', please state why in the box below.

In order to plan and manage the water supply-demand balance appropriately, Connect Saint Helena will lead the development of a Water Resource Management Plan for 2020-2050, which may include consultancy support, that will:

1.            Outline existing water resources in St Helena by catchment

2.            Outline existing water demand in St Helena by catchment (from residents, business, government and leakage)

3.            Identify existing capacity and limitations for transfers between catchments and storage.

4.            Assemble climate change and population scenarios. 

5.            Assemble and present demand forecasts for each relevant scenario.

6.            Assemble and present supply forecasts for each relevant scenario.

7.            Estimate target headroom (the amount by which supply exceeds demand during the planning period).

8.            Report any supply-demand balance issues under each relevant scenario for each catchment.

9.            Identify the unconstrained list of options (a long list of supply and demand reduction options)

10.          Identify the feasible list of options (after technological feasibility is taken into account)

11.          Quantify the financial cost of the feasible list of options, alongside environmental and social costs and benefits. Calculate the average incremental cost of each option.

12.          Undertake a modelling exercise. Identify the most cost effective option bundles to balance supply and demand under each scenario. Identify what year each preferred option would need to come online to fulfil demand needs.

13.          Identify where uncertainties exist and run sensitivity analysis to understand which uncertainty can cause the biggest impact on the cost of the programme.

14.          Considering the probability of each scenario, make a recommendation of a preferred option bundle.

15.          Consider tariffs and affordability of implementation.

Water Resource Management Planning is an in-depth activity which should use existing studies and data where possible and relevant. The England and Wales’ ‘Final Water Resources Planning Guideline’ document (Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales, 2016), or similar relevant planning framework, may be used to guide the process and detail of the water resource planning and management work.

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* 6. Do you agree that Water Resource Management Plans should be updated every 5 years? 
If 'No', please state why in the box below.

This strategy is intended to cover the period 2020 to 2050. Reviews should be undertaken prior to the development of a Water Resource Management Plan if there are required changes to objectives or approach.

The Water Resource Management Plan will similarly have a tenure of thirty years. It is intended to be reviewed at five-year intervals, unless some incident occurs that dictates an earlier review.

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* 7. Do you have any other comments on the Water Resource Strategy?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. Your input is greatly appreciated.
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