The Environment Agency has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the water company drought plan guidelines.
The consultation will last for 6 weeks, running until 18 October 2019.
As part of a longer term strategy we are seeking views on drought plans to ensure water companies are better prepared to respond to possible droughts.
The new drought plans will be clearer, show exactly what action companies must take early and at each trigger point, and ensure companies monitor and manage demand, including leakage.
The consultation responses and separate ongoing discussions with water companies will be used to refine the guidelines. An updated version of the guidelines will be published at the end of 2019 so water companies can start preparing their drought plans in early 2020.
Paul Hickey, Deputy Director of Water Resources at the Environment Agency and Institute of Water Board Member, said:
“Prolonged dry weather and drought events could become more frequent in future with the pressures of climate change and population growth. We are seeking your views on how water companies should develop their next round of drought plans so they are properly prepared for these events.
“The Environment Agency ensures drought plans are robust and clearly set out on how water companies will maintain water supplies and uphold environmental protection.
“I encourage engagement in this consultation so that together we can help mitigate the impacts of drought on people and the environment.”