Current Drought Plan 2013

Last reviewed:
Our Drought Plan has been approved.

Thames Water has started updating its Drought Plan in 2016, any documents for consultation as part of this process will be available here.

Following public consultation on our draft Drought Plan (14 December 2011 – 8 February 2012), we produced a revised draft Drought Plan taking into account, where appropriate, the comments received. Defra reviewed our revised Plan and required us to make additional changes to reflect experience gained during the drought of 2012 and to ensure that the information included in our Drought Permit option reports was comprehensive.

We then undertook further limited consultation on the revised Plan.

The Statement of Response sets out how we have responded to the comments received, presents the changes that have been made to the draft Drought Plan, and, where no changes have been made, the reason for this.

Defra has now confirmed that our Plan meets its requirements and has instructed us to publish it as our final Drought Plan, together with the supporting documents.

Current Drought Plan 2013 and key documents

Appendices

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Statement of Response to consultation

Following the public consultation on the draft Drought Plan, we have reviewed the comments received and where appropriate these have been taken into account in the revised draft Drought Plan.

This Statement of Response sets out how we have responded to the comments received, presents the changes that have been made to the draft Drought Plan as a result of the comments, and, where no changes have been made, the reasons for this. Once our Drought Plan has been approved by Defra, this will be published on our website.

National Security

With respect to National Security, Thames Water has followed guidance outlined in Defra SEMD Advice Note AN/11 Ed3: The Control of Sensitive Water Company Security Information. AN11 states that certain information ‘must not’ be published and covers information that would be of interest to terrorists or those with malicious intent because it provides useful targeting information. Appendices M and N have therefore been redacted.

These appendices relate to the detailed Environmental Assessment Reports (EARs) and preliminary Environmental Assessment Reports (pEARs) for drought permit options across our Water Resource Zones. These reports contain detailed site specific operational information, maps and grid references as by its very nature the environmental impact assessment work has to be detailed and site specific.