Bassetlaw District Council will work with the
Environment Agency and Local Water Companies during drought
conditions to help manage issues arising from water supply
restrictions and the other wider implications of drought
Both of these organisations produce “drought
plans” to ensure that during drought conditions the need for public
water supplies will be managed and that clear roles and
responsibilities are in place.
What is a drought?
A drought is a long period of unusually low
rainfall, which can result in possible water shortages.
As we now expect long periods of dry weather
to become more common we may see more drought conditions in this
What can I do to help during a drought?
Think before you use water. Do you really need
to use it and do you really need to use such large amounts.
Water saving can not only reduce the risk of
emergency drought measures being brought into effect by the Water
Companies but they can also save you money on water bills and help
There are simple steps that we can all take to
help save water. For more detailed advice on how to save water
visit the following websites:
Who manages the water resources in
Has overall policy responsibility for water resources in
Environment Agency – Has the duty to manage water
resources in England and Wales. They must make sure that the
resources are being used properly and that there is enough water to
meet all of our needs and the needs of the environment.
Supply Companies - Have the responsibility for making sure that
the systems they use for providing you with water, works well
without damaging the natural environment.
To enable them to do this is times of drought, the supply
companies have the powers to put in place temporary restrictions in
the use of water (e.g Hosepipe bans)
Last Updated - 18/10/2012