Southern Water revises management plans to cope with future droughts

Southern Water has revised its Water Resources Management Plan to prepare for serious droughts in the future, after customers demonstrated strong support for the measures.

The company has published a report setting out the views of its customers, following a public consultation on its draft Water Resources Management Plan for 2015-2040.

Southern Water said its proposed measures will lead to a reduction in the use of water restrictions, such as hosepipe bans, to one in every 10 years on average.

The risk of extreme restrictions, such as standpipes in the streets or rota cuts where water is only available for a few hours, will also be halved.

The ‘Statement of Response’ sets out the feedback received from nearly 1,000 customers and interested parties during a public consultation this summer on the company’s draft Water Resources Management Plan

Customers also showed strong support for water efficiency (92 per cent), water re-use (96 per cent) and working with landowners and farmers to protect the quality of water in rivers (96 per cent).

Southern Water said its revised plan will now see average water use reduce from the current 152 litres per person per day to below 130 litres by 2040.

Meyrick Gough, Southern Water’s strategy and policy manager, said: “We were really pleased to receive such a wide-range of feedback on our plan and have spent the weeks since the consultation reviewing these and updating our plans.

“A big change is the introduction of much more water efficiency to help our customers save water, save energy and save money. We heard strong support for this and as our programme to install water meters for the majority of our customers is due to finish in 2015 then we need to continue to support our customers to make savings.”