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 publish a draft document for consultation. We have now produced a draft drought plan 2017.  This plan includes how we would manage more severe drought events than we have previously considered. We submitted this plan to Defra this summer and they have confirmed we can begin our consultation.

Have your say

We know that the success of our plans depends on working closely with our regulators, stakeholders and customers. If you'd like to get involved, simply download the plan and send your comments by:

  • Emailing water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk
  • Writing to Secretary of State, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Drought Plan Consultation, Water Resources, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Area 3D, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR

The consultation period runs from 23 October for eight weeks, ending on 17 December 2017. Please submit your presentations by the end of the consultation period. 

Once we have reviewed the comments we will prepare a Statement of Response which will be published on our website by 2 February 2018. All comments will be considered and where appropriate we will make changes to the draft plan, giving reasons for the changes. We will also explain where we consider a change is not needed.

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

View our Draft Plan

 


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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