A drought contingency plan is a strategy for temporary supply management and demand management responses to temporary and potentially recurring water supply shortages and other supply emergencies. The philosophy of drought contingency planning is that short-term water shortages and other water supply emergency implementation procedures are defined to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the risks and impacts of drought or other water supply emergencies.
A drought contingency plan will typically include:
- Public involvement
- Specific criteria (trigger conditions) for the initiation of drought response stages
- Specific water supply and/or water demand management measures for each stage of the plan
- Public notification procedures
- Procedures for granting variance
- Procedures for enforcement of any mandatory water use restrictions