Droughts are natural events caused by a serious lack of rain over several months. In any year there is a 5% chance that there will be a drought serious enough to need water use restrictions on customers in the North West. Our drought plan sets out the actions we will take to protect water supplies should a severe drought occur.
Following a material change in West Cumbria, due to less water being available for abstraction from Crummock Water, we published a new draft drought plan. The Draft Drought Plan 2016 was available for public consultation from 3 October 2016 and 14 November 2016 and we received 14 representations. Each representation has been considered and a Statement of Response published which sets out each issue raised and how we have addressed it.
We also submitted a Revised Draft Drought Plan to Defra incorporating changes resulting from the representations. The Secretary of State is reviewing this Revised Draft Drought Plan 2017 to determine whether this can be adopted as the Final Drought Plan 2017.