Drought plan update 2017

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

We have now completed our consultation and it ran from 6th January for 6 weeks, ending on the 17th February 2017. The documents included in the consultation were 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.

We did not exclude 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.

We have produced our Statement of Response following the consultation, which is now available below.

We submitted our revised draft Drought Plan and associated documents to the Secretary of State on the 21st April 2017 for their review and approval. The final Drought Plan will be added to the website once it has been approved by Defra.

Statement of Response 2017

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.