Our strategies and plans

Managing water resources during dry years

Our drought plan looks at the options available to us to manage the water we have available to supply to you and the demand for that water.

It also sets out how we will minimise the impact our activities have on the environment, and how we will communicate with you, our regulators and other key stakeholders in the event of a drought. 
And it discusses the triggers for different levels of action we can take. These range from asking you to save water – for example, by spending less time in the shower – to imposing restrictions on non-essential water use by businesses and institutions in a severe drought.

Our current drought plan

Our existing drought plan and summary was published in 2018 and covers the period to 2021.

Consultation on our draft drought plan 2021
We have now updated our plans and published a new draft drought plan for consultation. The consultation will be open for eight weeks until the 2 August 2021, and we welcome your views on it.

Responses to this consultation should be sent to water.resources@defra.gov.uk using the subject “South Staffs Water draft drought plan consultation” or by writing to: 

Defra 
Water Company Drought Plan 
3rd Floor 
2 Marsham Street 
London, SW1P 4DF

You can read a copy of our draft drought plan and supplementary documents by clicking on the links below:

Draft drought plan

Our full draft drought plan document

Drought plan summary

An easy to read summary of our draft drought plan.

Appendix A - consultation on the drought plan

This document explains how we have undertaken consultation with these stakeholders and the public in preparing our drought plan.

Appendix B - communications plan

This document is an overview of the approach we will take to advice customers and stakeholder in the event of a drought

Appendix C - drought triggers

We have developed a suite of drought indicators over subsequent plans, this document gives you more details.

Appendix D - consistent notices

In the event of a Temporary Use Ban, we propose to adopt a consistent form of notice and this is presented in this document

Appendix E - pre-consultation response letter

A response from Water Resources West (WRW) advising its support in meeting the expectations of our drought plan

Appendix F - environmental assessment

This document gives you details of how we comply with environmental legislation and ensure that any environmental impacts of our actions are identified, minimised and mitigated.

Statement of assurance

This document confirms that our draft drought plan does not contain any information that could pose a risk to national security interests or which is commercially confidential


What is drought?
A drought is an extended period of very low rainfall. This leads to lower than expected water levels in our reservoirs and other water sources. When this happens, we need to take appropriate action to manage our water supplies.

Our water resources management plan 
Our water resources management plan sets out, in detail, how we will provide you with high-quality, sustainable and reliable water supplies over the next 25 years. It also takes into account things like climate change, population growth and the need to protect the environment. Read more.