The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the first ordinary Drought Oredr under section 73(3)(b) of the Water Resources Act 1991 authorising Sutton and East Surrey Water to prohibit or limit the use of water for partcular purposes within its area of water supply.
The Order allows the Company to prohibit all of the purposes set out in the Drought Direction 1991.
The Order was promoted by Robert Fookes of 2 Harcourt Buildings.
This decision follows the confirmation of a different type of Drought Order earlier in the year, permitting reserves in Bewl Water to be supplemented, also promoted by Robert Fookes.
The decisions on two more prohibitory Drought Orders in the South East, promoted by Gregory Jones and Jonathan Milner, are expected shortly.
The Drought Order confers a discretion on the Company to prohibit or limit the use of water for any purpose specified in the Order. Where the powers conferred by the Order are exercised by the Company to impose a prohibition or limitation on the use of water, the Company takes such steps as it thinks appropriate to bring the prohibition or limitation to the attention of persons to whom it will apply. The extent to which the Company needs to exercise the powers conferred by the Order to prohibit or limit the uses of water, and thus the consumer groups affected, depends upon the Company's evaluation of the developing drought sutuation in their area of supply.