The Environment Agency is consulting until 18 October on refreshing water company drought plan guidelines in anticipation of more frequent weather extremes.
It said the move is designed to ensure water companies are “better prepared to respond to possible droughts”. It added: “The new drought plans will be clearer, show exactly what action companies must take early and at each trigger point, and ensure companies monitor and manage demand, including leakage.”
Deputy director of water resources at the Environment Agency, Paul Hickey, said: “Prolonged dry weather and drought events could become more frequent in future with the pressures of climate change and population growth. We are seeking your views on how water companies should develop their next round of drought plans so they are properly prepared for these events.”
An updated version of the guidelines will be published at the end of 2019 so water companies can start preparing their drought plans in early 2020.