Our Drought Plan

We produce our Drought Plan every five years. The Plan sets out how we will 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.

The Plan was prepared in accordance with guidelines issued by the Environment Agency. It describes how we intend to maintain water supply to 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.

Our current 2018 Drought Plan can be accessed by following the link below: 

Drought Plan 2018


We are in the process of updating our Drought Plan for 2021/22. For the first time, our Plan also covers the Isles of Scilly which became part of our supply area in April 2020. Given their unique and remote situation, this Plan includes the Isles of Scilly as a separate document. Our new Draft Drought Plan was published for public consultation on 08 June 2021. We have considered all feedback received as part of the consultation and on 21 September 2021 published a revised Draft Drought Plan with our Statement of Response outlining the changes we made to the Plan. No information has been excluded from this published Plan on the grounds of national security. Our Final Drought Plan will be published when permission is granted by Defra.

The revised Draft Drought Plan 2021/22, Isles of Scilly document, Statement of Response and the Non-Technical Summary can be viewed by following the links below:

Revised Draft Drought Plan 2021/22 Isles of Scilly Plan


Statement of Response Non-Technical Summary 2021/22