Essex & Suffolk Water Drought Plan

Our Drought Plan identifies how we intend to manage a future drought, what triggers can be used to identify when actions are required, and what measures are available to reduce demand and support supplies. The Plan also outlines how we will communicate with our customers during a drought.

Draft Drought Plan Consultation

We are required to produce a Drought Plan every five years and would like to invite you to comment on our new draft Drought Plan.

You might like to comment on:

• The way we plan to deal with a drought;
• The way we plan to monitor the environment before, during and after a drought; and
• The way we plan to communicate with our customers during drought.

Please send all comments to:

Or you can post your comments to: Secretary of State, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Drought Plan Consultation, Water Resources, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Area 3D, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR.

The consultation on our draft Drought Plan runs for 8 weeks from Monday 23rd October to Sunday 17 December 2017. We will then consider all the comments we receive via Defra and will then publish a Statement of Response which will detail the changes we intend to make to our plan as a result of the feedback we receive during the public consultation.

Subject to receiving approval from the Secretary of State, our final Drought Plan will then be adopted and published.

Exclusions on the Grounds of National Security

Under Section 37B(10)(b) of the Water Industry Act 1991, as amended by the Water Act 2003 ("the Act"), the Secretary of State can direct companies to exclude any information from published drought plans on the grounds that it appears to him that the publication would be contrary to the interests of national security. As directed by Defra, Essex & Suffolk Water has excluded any information from this plan that would be contrary to the interests of national security.

Downloadable content

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    Draft drought plan 2018

    Consultation statement of response - February 2018.


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    Draft Drought Plan 2018

    October 2017.


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    Drought Plan Appendix

    October 2017.


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