Drought Plan Update 2017

We have a statutory duty to review and update our Drought Plan every 5 years.  Water companies were directed by the Defra in July 2016 to submit a draft drought plan to the Secretary of State in accordance with this duty.  We have therefore reviewed and updated our drought plan, setting out how we will manage our public water supply duties in the event of a drought. As part of this update, we have included changes required under the new Drought Plan guidelines, including how we would manage more severe drought events than we have experienced in the past.

We submitted our draft Drought Plan and associated documents to the Secretary of State on the 29th December 2016 for their review and approval, and they subsequently instructed us to undertake a public consultation on our Draft Plan  in order to provide customers and stakeholders an opportunity to consider the proposals we have set out in our Draft Plan and provide us with any feedback and comments.

The draft Drought Plan was published for public consultation on 27th March 2017 with the consultation period running for a period of eight weeks until 21st May 2017.

Documents included in the consultation were as follows:

  • Drought Plan Non-Technical Summary
  • Draft Drought Plan
  • Drought Plan Appendix
  • Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment report
  • Draft Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening

We did not any information from the Drought Plan or the Drought Plan Appendix on the grounds of national security. However, three maps were excluded from both the HRA Screening Report and the SEA appendix on security grounds.

We have now produced a Statement of Response following our public consultation, which sets out how we have taken on board the comments received and used them to develop our final Drought Plan. The Statement of Response is available below:

The revised draft versions of the documents, which we have amended in line with our Statement of Response, are below:

The Secretary of State will now review the Statement of Response, before directing us to publish our final Drought Plan and accompanying documents.

Thank you for your interest in our Drought Plan.  All of your feedback is important to us and will enable us to develop a better drought plan that meets the needs of our customers, the communities within which we work, and the environment.