Planning for Drought

Our resources are well managed and so, hopefully, we will never be in a drought. But we plan for it just in case. Download a copy of our plans here.

Non-Technical Summary

Drought Plan 2022: Consultation


We have a statutory duty to review and update our Drought Plan every 5 years. Our existing Drought Plan covers the period to 2021. We are therefore in the process of reviewing and updating our Plan and have now published our it for public consultation. This consultation will be open for 5 weeks from 8th June until 13th July 2021 and provides customers and stakeholders the opportunity to consider the proposals set out in our draft Plan and provide us with any feedback or comments.


Responses to this consultation can be sent in by completing our online questionnaire, e-mailing using the subject “Bristol Water draft drought plan consultation” or by writing to:


Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Water Company Drought Plan

3rd Floor

2 Marsham Street




If a paper copy of any document is required, then please contact us at


We will take time to review all the comments and feedback we receive and will review our draft plan. We will respond to the consultation responses by publishing a Statement of Response setting out how we have taken on board the comments received and used them to develop our final Drought Plan. We will publish our Statement of Response on this webpage by the 14th September 2021.


Download the details of the 2018 plan


Our final Drought Plan 2018 and associated appendices are available to download via the links under "resources".

We did not exclude 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 Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report and the Strategic Environmental Assessment appendix on security grounds

Some details have been redacted (excluded) from these documents on security droughts, please find a statement below regarding this:


In order to maintain the security of the water we supply to our customers and in compliance with national security requirements as described in the Water Industry Act 1991 section s.37(B), some minor details have been removed (or "redacted") from the draft Drought Plan documents that we have published. The information we have redacted is mainly about site names (these are shown in our public consultation documents as site codes rather than site names), and we have also redacted a high-resolution map from the HRA document. Full details of these sites and maps are provided in the unredacted documents we share with our regulators, so that they receive all the information necessary for a detailed technical assessment of our plan.

Because we want our customers to have the most complete information possible on our drought plan, we have tried to redact the minimum information necessary from the documents we have made available to the public. If, however you find that this makes the plan difficult to understand, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss the best way to resolve any questions you may have.