Drought Plan

About our draft plan

Our drought plan sets out the steps we would take during periods of low rainfall to ensure we can continue to deliver reliable water supplies for the essential needs of drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning.

The plan details the actions we would take to conserve water supplies whilst monitoring and considering the needs of the environment. This includes bringing additional sources on line, moving water around our network differently, working even harder to fix leaks, and promoting water efficiency, as well as introducing temporary water use restrictions (commonly known as hosepipe bans). 

We update our plan every five years and are required to publish a draft document for consultation. Last year we produced a draft drought plan 2018 to replace the plan published in March 2013. This draft plan includes how we would manage more severe drought events than we have previously considered. We submitted this plan to Defra in June 2017, and received permission to publish the plan for consultation in October 2017.

Consultation

We know that the success of our plans depends on working closely with our regulators, stakeholders and customers. The consultation period for the latest plan ended on 17 December 2017.

We have now reviewed the comments received and have prepared a Statement of Response. We have also revised the Draft Drought Plan to show where we have amended the plan in response to the comments. Both documents are available to download below.

The Secretary of State will consider the comments raised alongside our Statement of Response, and decide if we can publish our final plan. 

Statement of Response (pdf)

Draft Drought Plan (February 2018) (pdf) - main document only.


Our 2013 drought plan  sets out the steps we would take to deal with a drought to ensure we could continue to deliver reliable water supplies to our customers.

The plan details the actions we would take to conserve water supplies whilst considering and protecting the needs of the environment. This includes bringing additional resources on line, promoting water efficiency and introducing water use restrictions. It takes into account drought events of different severities as guided by reservoir and groundwater levels.

This plan was updated following the introduction of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, which allows water companies to introduce temporary water restrictions (formerly hosepipe bans) at their discretion, following a notice period.

View our Drought Plan 2013

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