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).

We review our drought plan every three years. The next review will begin in 2015.

When we have published a draft of our updated plan, an eight week consultation period will follow. During this time organisations and the public are invited to make any comments on the draft plan to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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.