About our draft drought plan

Occasionally droughts happen - it's important we're prepared for when they do.

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.

We've now updated our plan to produce a draft drought plan 2017.

The updates include changes required by new drought plan guidelines, including assessing how we would manage more severe drought events.

We submitted our draft drought plan to Defra earlier this year and published the plan for a six week consultation period between 4 September and 29 October 2017.

Our approach looks to increase supply, but also manage demand during times of drought. Your views help 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 is as easy as 1..2..3

All our customers and stakeholders have the opportunity to have their say on all our work, including our drought plan.

Using our experience from previous droughts, and research into possible future impacts, we've 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.

If you'd like to get involved and give your feedback on our plan just follow our three step process:

1. Read the plan

We've had the plan certified and it doesn't contain any information that would comprise national security interests. Nothing has been included or removed that is commercially confidential.

Read our draft drought plan

If you'd like to read the Drought Permit Environmental Assessment Reports, they're available to view at our offices at Rocfort Road, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5AH.

Please contact wre@southeastwater.co.uk by email to arrange an appointment.

2. Tell us your views

Consultation on our draft drought plan ran from 4 September 2017 for six weeks, ending on 29 October 2017.

The documents included in the consultation were the draft drought plan and associated appendices.

While the public consultation itself is now closed we always welcome feedback and ideas at any time.

Please contact wre@southeastwater.co.uk by email if you would like to provide feedback on our plan.

3. What happens next?

Following the consultation we are now reviewing every comment received and preparing a statement of response document. This will be published on our website by the 15 December 2017 and sent to everyone who joined the consultation.

All comments will be considered and where appropriate we will make changes to the draft drought plan, giving reasons for the changes. Where we consider no changes are necessary we will explain the reasons for this.

The Secretary of State will consider the comments raised and our response to the comments made on the draft drought plan. We hope at this point the final plan will be able to be published, however if necessary an inquiry, or hearing, may be required.

The final drought plan will be added to the website once it has been approved by Defra.

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