A drought plan sets out what actions you’ll take before, during and after drought to maintain a secure supply of water. It also sets out how you’ll assess the environmental effects of your actions to maintain supply and what you’ll do to mitigate for damage.
The word ‘must’ means it is a statutory requirement. A company that does not follow a ‘must’ is at high risk of producing a plan that is not valid, unless it can provide a very strong reason for not doing so.
The word ‘should’ means the advice should be followed to produce a valid plan. To avoid delays to the decision on publishing your plan you should include justification in any cases where you have not followed a ‘should’.
You must produce a drought plan if:
- there’s been a change in your circumstances, for example if you’ve applied for a drought order or permit that wasn’t in your plan
- a drought has shown your previous plan to be inadequate
- you’ve been directed to by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for example if your plan no longer adequately sets out how to maintain a secure supply of water during drought
In any case, you must publish your draft plan for consultation no more than 4 years and 3 months after the date when your plan (or revised plan) was last published.
You must send your drought plan to the Secretary of State. If your plan will affect sites in Wales you must also send it to Welsh ministers.
If your company is based entirely or mainly in Wales contact Natural Resource Wales.