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Drought Plan

Droughts are naturally occurring events that occur when there is below average rainfall for prolonged periods of time. We need plans to manage our system when droughts happen.

The Water Act (2003) made it a statutory requirement for water companies to produce and maintain a Drought Plan. We update these plans every five years. Our Drought Plan sets out how we will manage our resources and supply system in dry years, to maintain our service to our customers.   

 

In February 2014 we published a Drought Plan to cover the period 2014 - 2019. As part of the five yearly cycle of updating these plans we submitted our draft Drought Plan for 2019-2024 to Defra in March 2018. Defra gave us permission to publicly consult on this draft plan on 16 May 2018

 

Our consultation period for our draft Drought Plan has ended. We have published a Statement of Response to the feedback we received from stakeholders. This document includes whether we will be making any changes for the final version of this Drought Plan, due to be published in spring 2019.

We also undertook a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), a Water Framework Directive assessment and a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) of our draft 2019 - 2024 Drought Plan to take environmental impacts into account.

To request copies of the WFD and HRA assessment reports please contact us.