Reducing the risks of surface water flooding

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A study on effective approaches to the management of surface water flooding in England.


In November 2021, the government asked the Commission to conduct an assessment of how responsible bodies in England can better manage and mitigate surface water flooding.

The study includes:

  • analysis of the current risks of surface water flooding (including sewage overflows) and the opportunities that exist to address these in the short and long term
  • determining improvements needed to England’s drainage systems to manage and prevent surface water flooding in both urban and rural economies, including through nature-based solutions alongside hard engineering
  • considering the optimum cost-benefit analysis of infrastructure options and how these can be combined to provide greater resilience and value for money.

This study will cover England only, as flooding and water management is a devolved function.

The Commission will liaise with flood risk management authorities as it carries out the study, as well as consulting infrastructure providers, engineering sector and environmental NGOs to maximise the breadth of understanding and opportunities.

A call for evidence will be issued shortly to support the scoping and research phase of the project.

The final report of the study will be published by November 2022.

Latest Updates

Surface Water Flooding Study: Call for Evidence

Surface Water Flooding Study: Call for Evidence

15 Nov 2021

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