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Maintaining supplies during times of drought

image depicting The head of Burrator Reservoir after the dry Spring of 2011
The head of Burrator Reservoir after the dry Spring of 2011
Maintaining supplies during times of drought

Hosepipe bans were not uncommon in the 1980s and 90s, but we have invested heavily in improving our water security since the last water restrictions in the South West in 1996.

However, the weather is unpredictable and likely to get more so as a result of climate change. We must plan for droughts, and decide what we will do during prolonged periods of low rainfall. Our drought plan sets out how we intend to manage water resources during extended periods of dry weather.

Water companies are required to prepare and maintain a drought plan on a five yearly cycle.  The plans are produced following guidance provided by our environmental regulator the Environment Agency.

Our latest plan was published in March 2013, following a period of public consultation. Within our Plan we make reference to further work with the Environment Agency on historical droughts. This work was completed in September 2013 and concluded that no changes are required to our Plan.

Download our Our Drought Plan.




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