Draft Drought Plan 2020
At Welsh Water, our vision is; “To earn the trust of customers, every day”. That vision reflects our unique ownership structure: we have no shareholders and so can concentrate solely on delivering the best possible value for money to our customers. All the profits that we make are reinvested in the business to improve outcomes for our customers and the natural environment, or are used to benefit customers. We need to hold to this way of working every day, especially during stressful periods such as droughts which can be challenging for both ourselves and customers.
We are trusted to plan for drought and trusted to deliver these plans if and when drought periods occur – we must continue to earn that trust every day. Welsh Water’s long term ambitions have been set out in our Water 2050 document and this places the maintenance of wholesome water supplies at its heart. One of our key strategies is what we have titled “Enough Water For All”. In essence, this is to ensure that we always have sufficient water in line with our customers’ expectations, even in times of drought. Our Water Resources Management Plan and our Drought Plan are at the centre of this strategy.
Producing and maintaining a Drought Plan is a statutory process required by Government who have set out the legal basis for this in The Water Industry Act 1991. We are directed by Welsh Government who also provide the guiding principles for our plan. We have worked closely with Natural Resources Wales who produce the Drought Planning Guidance for water companies in Wales. Our Drought Plan sets out how we will deal with drought conditions within both the urban and rural parts of our supply area, and how we will monitor the effect of any actions that we take on the natural environment.
We would very much welcome your views on our draft Drought Plan 2020 including the SEA and HRA and we have today (25th July 2019) published this Plan for consultation. The consultation will run for a period of 8 weeks until the 19th September 2019 following which we will respond individually to everybody that has provided comment. By the 7th November 2019 we will then produce a revised draft Drought Plan 2020 together with an accompanying Statement of Response, setting out how we have taken account of the comments received.
The statutory drought planning process requires that you send your comments on our draft Drought Plan 2020 to the Welsh Government who will then pass them on to us for review.
Should you wish to make representations on this Plan, please contact in writing the Welsh Ministers via Water Policy Branch, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ or by e-mail to Water@gov.wales before the 19th September 2019.
A paper copy of our Plan together with all supporting information is available to view at our Ty Awen office, the address is Ty Awen, Spooner Close, Celtic Springs Business Park, Newport, NP10 8FZ
If you require any further information, or copies of supporting reports that are not published on our website, relating to our draft Drought Plan 2020, then please email Water.Resources@dwrcymru.com