Drought plan

Drought plan - update 2022

Our drought plan sets out how we intend to manage water resources during extended periods of dry weather.

Water companies are required to prepare and maintain a drought plan on a five-yearly cycle. The plan identifies actions we will take before, during, and after a drought to maintain a secure supply of water, and outlines how we will assess and mitigate against the environmental impacts of our actions.

Our current drought plan was published in June 2022. A Non-technical summary of the plan can be viewed here. The full technical plan can be downloaded following the links at the bottom of this page.

Following instruction from Defra, we developed and consulted on development of the plan between 2020 and 2022, following Defra and the Environment Agency’s drought plan guidance and Defra’s drought plan direction.

We published the plan for public consultation in the Spring and Summer of 2021. We then prepared a Statement of Response to the representations received, detailing how we have accounted for comments made on the plan. Following review of our Statement of Response, Defra have now given us permission to publish the final drought plan.

For reasons of national security and commercial confidentiality, information has been excluded from the version of the final plan published on this website. The information excluded concerns detailed information relating to our water sources and water supply system in relation to drought and drought permit operation.

If you want to see a full version of this document, or other supporting appendices, including Environmental Assessment Reports for Drought Permit Options, HRA, WFD and the SEA Post Adoption Statement, please email water.resources@wessexwater.co.uk.