Occasionally droughts can happen, even in the UK. That's why it's important we're all prepared for when they do.
Our dry weather plan (formerly called our drought plan) sets out the steps we would take during periods of low rainfall to ensure we can deliver a reliable water supply for the essential needs of drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning.
It details what actions we'd take to conserve water and secure customers’ supplies, while balancing the needs of the environment.
These actions include:
- Moving water around our network
- Fast-tracking schemes to increase water resources
- Working even harder to fix leaks
- Promoting sensible water use
- The introduction of temporary water use restrictions (commonly known as hosepipe bans)
To ensure our plans are up-to-date we review them every five years and publish a draft document for consultation.
Although we published our latest plan in 2019 we are in the process of updating this plan following recent changes to Government drought plan guidance. This guidance encourages us to talk about our plans and ensure they are easy to understand and for everyone to follow.
"Our approach looks to increase supply, but also manage demand during times prolonged dry weather or drought. Your views have helped shape our approach as it's through listening to our customers and community that we'll keep improving our service" - Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources
Having your say
All our customers and stakeholders have the opportunity to have their say on all our work, including our dry weather plan. Using our experience from previous heatwaves and droughts, and research into possible future impacts, we have prepared a plan we hope will receive your support.
We know that working together with our customers and stakeholders is vital to the success of our plans as it is only through collaboration that we can make the best plan possible. We worked with customers, stakeholders and our colleagues to prepare our original draft plan. For a start you'll notice we changed the name from a drought plan to our 'dry weather plan'.
This is because our customers told us they don't tend to think of droughts happening in the UK. Thankfully droughts are relatively rare, but being in the sunny south east we regularly see extended periods of dry weather and heatwaves. That's why ensuring everyone understands what we do at this early stage is important.
We published our draft plan on Monday 7 June 2021 and welcomed your views on the plan. The public consultation closed on Monday 2 August and we have now prepared a revised plan based on the feedback we received.
We have now published a revised draft dry weather plan along with a "statement of response" document which sets out all the feedback we received and explains how we have taken this into account and any changes we made to the plan as a result.
Even though the public consultation is now closed you can still get involved and give us your feedback.
It's easy as 1,2,3....
#1 Read the plan
Alongside the full document we've also prepared some customer friendly summary magazines that may interest some people more.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by email if you would like to provide feedback on the summary magazines. But scroll down to find out how to submit your feedback about our plans themselves.
#2 Tell us your views
Your thoughts are important and we'd love to hear your views on this revised draft plan. Although the public consultation closed on Monday 2 August 2021 we are always interested in your views so if you missed the deadline you can still send us your feedback.
#3 Next steps
We have reviewed every comment received and prepared a statement of response document. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.
All comments were considered and where appropriate we have made changes to the draft plan, giving reasons for the changes. Where we consider no changes are necessary we have explained why. We published the statement of response and a revised plan on Friday 17 September 2021.
The Secretary of State will consider the comments raised and our response to the comments made on the draft plan. We hope at this point the final plan will be able to be published.
The final dry weather plan will be added to the website once it has been approved by Defra.
We welcome feedback and ideas at any time. Please contact email@example.com by email if you have any questions about our plan or would like to talk about how we can work together to look after our water environment for the future.