Essex & Suffolk Water Drought Plan

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

We updated our Drought Plan in 2017 and held a public consultation on the new draft Drought Plan between 23rd October and 17 December 2017.

We reviewed the feedback received during the consultation and have prepared and published on this webpage a Statement of Response (SoR). This details any changes we have made to the draft Drought Plan as a result of the feedback received during the public consultation.

Following permission from Defra, we published our Drought Plan on this webpage on 31st October 2018.

To request a copy of our Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening report, please email

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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    Drought Plan 2018

    October 2018.


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    Drought Plan Appendix

    October 2018.


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