Drought Plan/Current Water Resources
The South West is fortunate that it does not have the drought problems currently affecting the South East. But, in common with other water companies, it has published its Drought Plan setting out what it would do in the event of a drought.
The plans are drawn up in accordance with guidelines published by the Environment Agency, and describe how each company intends to continue to supply the essential needs of customers in the event of a drought.
South West Water has three strategic reservoirs, Wimbleball, Colliford and Roadford, which are supported by 16 smaller reservoirs and other sources. Since the major drought of 1996, South West Water has invested in its ability to pump water into storage from rivers when necessary.
These developments, licensed by the Environment Agency, mean that today the company's reservoirs are around 82% full, which is approximately the same as last year, despite below-average rainfall in the region. For this reason the water resources situation in the South West is nowhere near as serious as in the South East and therefore restrictions on demand are not envisaged this summer. Nevertheless, as always, South West Water asks its customers to use water wisely.
Tips on water conservation can be found on the South West Water website:
A summary of the Draft Drought Plan can be viewed on the South West Water website or at Peninsula House in Exeter. Public consultation on the plan is welcomed and comments should be sent by 23 June 2006 to:
Ms Dawn Instone
The Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Water Supply & Regulation Division
Room 304, 55 Whitehall
c/o 3-8 Whitehall
London, SW1A 2HH
Published: 17 May 2006
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