Briefing notes

These briefing notes provide a summary of About Drought research. The following topics are currently available:

How to plan and manage water resources for public water supply: future directions

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How to plan and manage water resources for public water supply: future directions

This brief looks at some risks, challenges and opportunities for supplies of safe and wholesome water to the UK population. It aims to help water planners and managers by presenting some of the most up-to-date approaches for dealing with uncertainty, including simulation and risk-based approaches, offering guidance on decision support tools and indicating future directions for planning and managing water resources. This is the second of a series of briefs to support improved decision making in relation to droughts and water scarcity.

Which farming areas of England and Wales are most at risk from economic losses due to drought?

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Which farming areas of England and Wales are most at risk from economic losses due to drought?

This briefing note looks at the effects of water scarcity and drought on crops which require supplemental irrigation, and includes some ideas on steps which may help to mitigate losses to farmers. This is the first of a series of briefs to support improved decision making in relation to droughts and water scarcity.

Primers

Drought Planning in England

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Drought Planning in England: A Primer by Dr Christina Cook

This primer explains and examines statutory drought planning in England by
water companies. A water company drought plan sets out the company’s
operational plans for drought; it explains the management actions a company
will take in the course of a drought. A water company drought plan is related
to, and based upon, the Water Resources Management Plan – the mandatory
twenty-five-year plan water companies must prepare every five years. Here we
aim to provide an accessible guide to the process of drought planning in respect
of public water supply.
This primer also offers an overarching view of how drought planning
works in practice, based on conversations with water managers in a range
of organisations including water companies, regulatory agencies and
consultancies. It pulls together disparate wide-ranging key materials, (e.g. legal
provisions and public policies relevant to managing drought) and attempts to
add transparency to a highly technical process.

Water Efficiency in the Public Sector

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Water Efficiency in the Public Sector : The role of social norms by Kevin Grecksch & Bettina Lange

This Primer presents findings from academic and grey literature and previous
case studies about the potential of water efficiency campaigns to contribute to
water saving in the UK within public sector and large organisations –
universities, schools, hospitals, council buildings, offices and housing
associations. These organisations provide significant untapped potential for
water saving by virtue of their size and/or their nature as public organisations.