Drought Plan

About our draft plan

Our drought plan sets out the steps we would take during periods of low rainfall to ensure we can deliver a reliable water supply for the essential needs of drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning.

It details what actions we'd take to conserve water and secure customers’ supplies, while balancing the needs of the environment.

These actions include moving water around our network, fast-tracking schemes to increase water resources, working even harder to fix leaks, promoting sensible water use and the introduction of temporary water use restrictions (commonly known as hosepipe bans).

To ensure our plans are up-to-date we review them every five years and publish a draft document for consultation.

We've now updated our plan to produce a draft drought plan 2017.

The updates include changes required by new drought plan guidelines, including assessing how we would manage more severe drought events.

We submitted our draft drought plan to Defra earlier this year and they confirmed we can begin our consultation.

Having your say is easy as 1.2.3.

All our customers and stakeholders have the opportunity to have their say on all our work, including our drought plan.

Using our experience from previous droughts, and research into possible future impacts, we've prepared a plan we hope will receive your support.

We know that working together with our customers and stakeholders is vital to the success of our plans as it is only through collaboration that we can make the best plan possible.

If you'd like to get involved and give your feedback on our plan just follow our three step process.

1. Read the plan

View our draft drought plan 2017

View our non-technical summary

We've had the plan certified and it does not contain any information that would comprise national security interests. Nothing has been included or removed that is commercially confidential.

If you would like to read the Drought Permit Environmental Assessment Reports they're available to view at our offices at Rocfort Road, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5AH. Please contact wre@southeastwater.co.uk by email to arrange an appointment.

2. Give your views

Consultation on our draft drought plan runs from 4 September 2017 for six weeks, ending on 29 October 2017.

The documents included in the consultation are the draft drought plan and associated appendices.

Please send your representations by 29 October 2017.

This can be via email to water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Or you can write 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

3. What happens next?

Following the consultation we will review every comment received and will prepare a statement of response document which will be published on our website by the 15 December 2017 and sent to everyone who joins the consultation.

All comments will be considered and where appropriate we will make changes to the draft drought plan, giving reasons for the changes. Where we consider no changes are necessary we will explain the reasons for this.

The Secretary of State will consider the comments raise and our response to the comments made on the draft drought plan. We hope at this point the final plan will be able to be published, however if necessary an inquiry, or hearing, may be required.

The final drought plan will be added to the website once it has been approved by Defra.

Although we're consulting specifically on the drought plan during this time, we continuously talk to customers and stakeholders about our work and hope you will continue to give us your feedback and how we can work together to ensure we have a resilient water supply for everyone now and in the future.