All water companies are required by the Government to produce a drought plan, which sets out what we would do to maintain water supplies to customers in the event of a drought.
As all droughts are different in terms of location, extent, severity and impact on the supply system our Drought Plan needs to be flexible to account for a range of possible scenarios. The plan therefore gives an agreed framework of actions to allow a drought to be best managed dependent on conditions.
Our Drought Plan is drawn up in agreement with our environmental regulator, the Environment Agency, and in consultation with customers and other interested stakeholders. It is reviewed and revised in accordance with regulatory requirements.
The latest version of our Drought Plan, a summary document and the associated environmental documents are attached below. We held a six-week consultation on a draft version of the plan during August and September 2019. We have produced a Statement or Response to the comments we received from consultees, which is also available below.
No information has been excluded from the Drought Plan on the grounds of commercial confidentiality. Sensitive site-specific information has been removed, or presented in a non-specific manner, in the interest of national security. This includes maps, diagrams and descriptions of sources of water supply and treatment works.