Our strategies and plans
Managing water resources during dry years
Our drought plan looks at the options available to us to manage the water we have available to supply to you and the demand for that water.
It also sets out how we will minimise the impact our activities have on the environment, and how we will communicate with you, our regulators and other key stakeholders in the event of a drought.
And it discusses the triggers for different levels of action we can take. These range from asking you to save water – for example, by spending less time in the shower – to imposing restrictions on non-essential water use by businesses and institutions in a severe drought.
Our current drought plan
We published our latest drought plan and summary in 2018.
Consultation on our draft drought plan 2021
We have now updated our plans and published a new draft drought plan for consultation. The consultation will be open for eight weeks until the 2 August 2021, and we welcome your views on it.
Responses to this consultation should be sent to email@example.com using the subject “Cambridge Water draft drought plan consultation” or by writing to:
Water Company Drought Plan
2 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 4DF
You can read a copy of our draft drought plan and supplementary documents by clicking on the links below
Draft drought plan
Our full drought plan document
Drought plan summary
An easy to read summary of our draft drought plan.
Appendix A - consultation on the drought plan
This document explains how we have undertaken consultation with these stakeholders and the public in preparing our drought plan.
Appendix B - communications plan
This document is an overview of the approach we will take to advice customers and stakeholder in the event of a drought
Appendix C - drought triggers
We have developed a suite of drought indicators over subsequent plans, this document gives you more details.
Appendix D - consistent notices
In the event of a Temporary Use Ban, we propose to adopt a consistent form of notice and this is presented in this document
Appendix E - environmental assessment
This document gives you details of how we comply with environmental legislation and ensure that any environmental impacts of our actions are identified, minimised and mitigated.
Statement of assurance
This document confirms that our draft drought plan does not contain any information that could pose a risk to national security interests or which is commercially confidential
What is drought?
A drought is an extended period of very low rainfall. This leads to lower than expected water levels in our reservoirs and other water sources. When this happens, we need to take appropriate action to manage our water supplies.
Our water resources management plan
Our water resources management plan sets out, in detail, how we will provide you with high-quality, sustainable and reliable water supplies over the next 25 years. It also takes into account things like climate change, population growth and the need to protect the environment. Read more.