Drought plan

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.

Drought plan document  
Statement of response to draft drought plan 2016 consultation Download (PDF 749 KB opens in new window)
Revised draft drought plan 2017 Download (PDF 4.9 MB opens in new window)
Executive summary of draft drought plan (English) Download (PDF 586 KB opens in new window)
Executive summary of draft drought plan (Welsh) Download (PDF 599 KB opens in new window)
Strategic Environment Assessment Download (PDF 6.06 MB opens in new window)
Habitats Regulations Assessment Download (PDF 3.08 MB opens in new window)

For reference, the Final Drought Plan 2014 is still available to download online:

Document  
Final Drought Plan 2014 Download (PDF 4.45 MB opens in new window)
Executive Summary of Final Plan in English Download (PDF 596 KB opens in new window)
Executive Summary of Final Plan in Welsh Download (PDF 623 KB opens in new window)