Drought plan update 2017

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Water companies have a statutory requirement to update their Drought Plans every 5 years. We have updated our plan to produce a draft Drought Plan 2017. The updates include changes required by the new Drought Plan guidelines, including assessing how we would manage more severe drought events.

We have submitted our draft Drought Plan to Defra and they have instructed us that we can undertake consultation.

Consultation on our draft Drought Plan runs from the 6th January for 6 weeks, ending on the 17th February 2017. The documents included in the consultation are the draft Drought Plan and associated appendices, the draft Strategic Environmental Assessment report and draft Habitats Regulations Assessment report and the Drought Permit Environmental Assessment reports. Please send your representations by the 17th February 2017.

We have not excluded any information from the published documents on the ground of national security, however the plan includes Drought Permit Environmental Assessment Reports which are not available on the website due to national security restrictions. The Drought Permit Environmental Assessment Reports are available to view in Thames Waters offices at Clearwater Court, Vastern Road, Reading, RG1 8DB. Please contact Steve Tuck by email to arrange an appointment.

Representations can be made in writing to the Secretary of State before the end of the representation period (17th February 2017). Representations can be made either by e-mail or post: Representations by e-mail should be sent to: water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Representations by post should be sent to:

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

Following the consultation we will produce a Statement of Response, a revised draft Drought Plan and associated documents and submit this to the Secretary of State for approval on the 21st April 2017. We will also publish our Statement of Response on our website. The final Drought Plan will be added to the website once it has been approved by Defra.

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.

The appendices relating to the detailed Environmental Assessment Reports (EARs) and preliminary Environmental Assessment Reports (pEARs) for drought permit options across our Water Resource Zones are not available online, but are available to view at our head office (see address above). 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.