Our strategies and plans

Managing water resources during dry years

Our drought plan is an operational document that sets out our plans to manage water supplies in the event of a lengthy period of dry weather and a lack of rainfall.

It also sets out what we will do before, during, and after a drought, to ensure we can provide you with a secure water supply, while minimising any impact on the environment.

It discusses the triggers for different levels of action we can take in the event of a drought. 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.

And it describes how we will keep you informed of the measures we will put in place to protect your water supplies.

Alongside our drought plan, we also publish a long-term water resources management plan. This sets out how we will manage your water supplies in normal conditions over 25 years, and is revised every five years. 

Our water resources management plan demonstrates how we will invest to meet future growth, allow for climate change, become more resilient to drought events and provide further protection for the environment.


Our current drought plan

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


Our draft drought plan 2021

We published a revised draft of our drought plan for an eight-week period of consultation and comment in June 2021.

We have reviewed all of the representations received and have made a number of revisions, in response to the comments received from our stakeholders. The period for making representations is now closed.

The revised draft drought plan has been submitted to Defra for review and, once approved, we will publish our final drought plan.

Our statement of response to the responses received, and where changes have been made, as well as our revised draft drought plan and appendices, can be accessed by clicking the links below:

Statement of response

This is our statement of response to the responses received as a result of our eight-week consultation.

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 advise customers and stakeholders 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.