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Our new draft drought plan 2022

Our drought plan sets out the actions we would take to manage the effects of drought on our water supplies. These include demand management actions, when we would ask our customers to use less water, either voluntarily or through temporary use restrictions, depending on the severity of the situation. In severe droughts, we can also apply for drought permits or drought orders to take more water from underground aquifers at some of our sources where necessary.

In June 2021 we published our new draft drought plan, following security sign-off from the Secretary of State. We carried out a public consultation on the plan, and asked our customers and stakeholders for their feedback on our approach. The consultation ended on 30th July 2021. We have now reviewed the representations received during the consultation and published a Statement of Response on 17th September 2021. This document sets out the comments we received, and how we are addressing them through updates to our draft drought plan.

The Statement of Response can be downloaded here.

The draft drought plan documents can be viewed here.

How could this affect you?

Every five years we produce a Drought Management Plan which outlines the actions we would take during a drought. This includes actions to reduce demand, such as when we would ask our customers to use less water, either voluntarily or through temporary use restrictions, depending on the severity of the situation. In severe droughts, we can also apply for drought permits or drought orders to take more water from underground aquifers, or further limit water use if necessary.

Our current drought plan

Please find below a full copy of the 2019 drought plan annual update and supporting documents which are available to download.

Our drought permit Environmental Assessment Reports are available to view at our Hatfield or Folkestone offices by appointment only. If you would like to make an appointment please email DMPconsultation@affinitywater.co.uk.

National Security

Our Drought Plan Annual Update 2019 and our new draft Drought Plan 2022 have been written in accordance with section 37B of the Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended by the Water Act 2003), and follow guidance outlined in Defra SEMD Advice Note AN11. No information has been excluded from our plans on the grounds of national security. We have written our drought plan and appendices in compliance with our security policy, using codes for site references, so that no redaction is required for publication.

The Environmental Assessment Reports (EARs) relating to our drought permits contain site specific information relating to our operational assets, so these are not available online. Paper copies of these reports are available to view at our head office in Hatfield on request, and summaries of the EARs are included within the main Drought Management Plan document.

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