Drought plan

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.

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Drought plan

All water companies are required by the Government to produce a drought plan which sets out triggers and actions to maintain water supplies to customers in the event of a prolonged period of exceptionally low rainfall.

Our Drought Plan is reviewed and revised regularly in accordance with regulatory requirements and follows guidelines set by our environmental regulator, the Environment Agency. All water companies have updated their plans to align with a regulatory requirement to produce a revised draft plan in 2021 to be published as final in 2022. 

In June 2021 we published a draft version of our Drought Plan 2022 for consultation. The consultation closed on 29 July 2021 and we have reviewed all the responses and made some minor changes to the Drought Plan and supporting documents as a result.

Our Statement of Response details the comments we received and the changes we have made to the plan. It is available to view below, alongside a revised draft Drought Plan, the appendices and associated strategic environmental assessment documents.

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.

We shall update the Drought Plan documents with final versions once we receive notification from Defra to publish.