Drought Plan

Our Drought Plan identifies how we intend to manage a future drought, what triggers can be used to identify when actions are required, and what measures are available to reduce demand and support supplies. The Plan also outlines how we will communicate with our customers during a drought.

Draft Drought Plan Consultation

We are required to produce a Drought Plan every five years and would like to invite you to comment on our new draft Drought Plan.

You might like to comment on:

• The way we plan to deal with a drought;
• The way we plan to monitor the environment before, during and after a drought; and
• The way we plan to communicate with our customers during drought.

The public consultation for our draft Drought Plan is taking place between Monday 28th August and Friday 20 October 2017. Any person, including statutory consultees, stakeholders and customers, may make representations to the Secretary of State during this period.

Paper copies of our draft Drought Plan are also available at our Boldon House office (Boldon House, Wheatlands Way, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5FA).

Representations by e-mail should be sent to water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk and be titled: “Northumbrian Water draft drought plan”.

Representations by post should be sent to:

Secretary of State, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Northumbrian Water Drought Plan Consultation
Water Resources
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Area 3D
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3JR

The Secretary of State will forward all comments on to us. We will then review the comments received and publish a Statement of Response by Friday 8th December 2017. This will detail any changes we will make to our Plan as a result of the feedback we receive during the public consultation. Subject to approval by the Secretary of State, our final Drought Plan will then be adopted and published in 2018.

National Security

Our draft Drought Plan has been written in accordance with section 37B of the Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended by the Water Act 2003), and follows guidance outlined in Defra SEMD Advice Note AN11. No information has been excluded from the plan on the grounds of national security.

Downloadable content

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    Northumbrian Water Draft Drought Plan 2018

    Consultation statement of response - December 2017.


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    Northumbrian Water Draft Drought Plan

    Published - August 2017.


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