Our strategies and plans

Our drought plan

Our Drought Plan sets out how we will manage our water resources during dry years to ensure that essential public water supplies are maintained.

The Drought Plan looks at the options available to us to help manage supply and demand, and the triggers for different levels of action. It also sets out how we will minimise the impact on the environment caused by our actions, and how we will talk to our customers and our regulators during a drought.

The Drought Plan is a statutory document, which means that it has undergone public consultation and has the approval of the Secretary of State (Defra).

2017 Drought plan consultation

We review our drought plan every five years and are now seeking your views on our proposed changes.

See our Draft Drought Management Plan for 2017

We invite all our customers, organisations and interested members of the public to make any comments on the draft plan to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as outlined below.

See our Draft Drought Management Non-Technical Summary for 2017


The consultation period runs for eight weeks between Friday 11th August and Friday 6th October 2017.  

After the consultation period we explain what changes we have to make to our plan as a result of any comments we receive during the consultation period in our initial Statement of Response which is normally published the following March.

The plan is then reviewed by the Secretary of State, in advance of the final version being approved for publication.

Stakeholders wishing to make representations, comments or raise questions on the draft plan are advised to submit them to:-

The Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Drought Plan Consultation
Water Availability and Quality Programme
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Area 2C
Ergon House
Horseferry Road
London SW1P 2AL

Or by E-mail to water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk