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 severe 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 drought occur.
Following a material change in our West Cumbria Resource Zone, 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. We submitted a Revised Draft Drought Plan to Defra incorporating changes resulting from the representations. The Secretary of State has reviewed this Revised Draft Drought Plan 2017 and has determined that it can be adopted as the Final Drought Plan 2018.
No information has been excluded from the Drought Plan on the grounds that it would be contrary to the interests of national security and no commercially sensitive information has been excluded.