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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.  

In 2017,  we reviewed our previous Drought Plans and updated them to produce a new Draft Drought Plan, which we submitted to Defra.  The Plan was  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.

Following permission being granted by Defra, the new Draft Drought Plan was published for public consultation  in October 2017.    

The public consultation period has now closed and we have prepared a Statement Of Response to the comments we received.  The Statement of Response outlines the changes we have made to the Plan in response to the representations we received.   Our Statement Of Response will now be reviewed by Defra.

You can access our Statement Of Response following the link below:

Statement Of Response

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 previous Drought Plans for South West Water:

Drought Plan 2013 – full report

Links to the previous Drought Plans for Bournemouth Water:

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

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