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Drought Plan

We produce our Drought Plan every five years. The Plan sets out how we'll manage our water resources in response to drought events. Our Plan covers both South West Water and Bournemouth Water following the merger in April 2016.

We have recently reviewed our previous Drought Plans and updated it to produce a new Draft Drought Plan, which we submitted to Defra in August. Defra have now granted us permission to publish and consult on the updated Plan and we are keen to hear your views.

The Plan has been prepared in accordance with guidelines issued by the Environment Agency and describes how we intend to ensure that we can continue to supply the essential needs of our customers in the event of a drought.  It also explains how we would aim to balance the needs of our domestic and commercial customers, the economy and the environment.

You can access our Draft Drought Plan following the link below:

Draft drought plan 2017 - non-technical summary (Bournemouth Water only)

Draft drought plan 2017 - full report

Links to the existing Drought Plans for South West Water and Bournemouth Water:

South West Water

Drought Plan 2013 – full report

Bournemouth Water

Drought Plan 2012 – full report
Drought Plan 2012 – non-technical summary
Drought Plan 2012 – publication statement

A paper copy of our Draft Drought Plan can be viewed at our offices at Bournemouth Water and South West Water:
Bournemouth Water
George Jessel House
Francis Avenue
BH11 8NX

South West Water
Peninsula House
Rydon Lane

Should you wish to make any representations to the Secretary of State on our Draft Drought Plan, please send them using the following contact details:

Email:   water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Please entitle your email “South West Water’s draft drought plan”.

If you wish to send a copy of your email to Defra to us, please use waterfuture@southwestwater.co.uk.

Secretary of State
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
South West Water Drought Plan Consultation
Water Resources
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Area 3D
Nobel House
17 Smith Square

Representations must be received by the Secretary of State by 24 November 2017.

We will use the feedback to develop our Final Drought Plan due for publication in 2018.

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Journalists can contact the Press Office on 01392 443020 or via email


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