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Dredging on the Levels

Catchment management focus needed in Somerset Levels, says environment boss

14-Apr-2014 | By

Dredging will not stop flooding on the Somerset Levels and a more comprehensive plan to manage land higher up the catchment would be more effective, Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith said last week.

Lord Smith

Poor areas must be given better flood protection

14-Apr-2014 | By

Concerted effort is needed to ensure that protection is provided to those least able to afford to insure against floods, the boss of the Environment Agency has warned.

Better planning

Flooding should be higher priority in National Infrastructure Plan, says Lord Smith

14-Apr-2014 | By

Flood defences must be given a higher priority in the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) if the threat from climate change is to be adequately mitigated, the head of the Environment Agency has said.

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Going down

Water: The marvel of Mumbai

13-Mar-2014 | By

Water demand already outstrips supply in Mumbai, and factoring in population growth forecasts meant an ambitious solution was needed to resolve the situation. The result is India’s deepest and longest water tunnel.

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Teignmouth slip 2

Water cannon brought in to clear threat to Great Western Main Line reopening


A water cannon is being used to deal with a land slip in Devon that could threaten the re-opening of the Great Western Main Line.

Flooding in Somerset

The Gallery: The true victims of flooding in Somerset


The prolonged and persistent rainfall in Somerset flooded up to 40 properties last month. With more than twice the average rainfall for the time of year, the Environment Agency said it was doing everything it could to pump water off the Somerset Levels as quickly as river and tide levels allow. Existing flood defences protected over 200m2 of land and 3,500 properties, including in the surrounding towns of Langport, Martock, Ilchester and Ham.


Matt Crabtree

Water: A light-bulb moment

26-Feb-2014 | By Matt Crabtree

At the recent launch of AMP6, a water industry leader asked everyone in the room if they knew “how many different types of light bulb we use on our estate?

Paul Cooper

Water: AMP6: ‘A change is gonna come….’

26-Feb-2014 | By Paul Cooper

AMP6 is coming and it would appear that very few companies are ready.


Infrastructure in 2014: Water industry now faces a sea change

The water industry is going through a major change in focus that will have a significant impact on water companies and the supply chain

Stuart Crisp

Infrastructure in 2014: Adopting a long term solution

How confident are you that your sustainable drainage system (SuDS) will be accepted by a SuDS Approving Body (SAB)?

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