Drainage strategies

Britain’s first sewerage systems were constructed in the Victorian era and have served us well for generations.

The sewer network we operate today has been much improved over the years yet it remains under increasing pressure, and is occasionally overwhelmed.

Increasing periods of prolonged and heavy rainfall, along with a number of factors including population growth, the loss of green areas and changes in agricultural land practices, are increasing the risk of sewer and surface water flooding - in both our urban and rural catchments.

Who will resolve sewer flooding?

There are a number of stakeholders who, like us, have important drainage responsibilities and therefore, play an essential role in alleviating sewer flooding in our region.

We are seeking to work in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure that together, we implement and maintain the most effective, environmentally-responsible and sustainable drainage strategies.

What we're doing

We have a five year plan that will reduce the risk of sewer flooding for over 2,100 properties across our region. It is supported by a broad range of drainage activities that will help us to fully understand the factors influencing sewer flooding.

In addition to our catchment studies, we are developing drainage strategies for affected catchments to explain how we will alleviate their sewer flooding and growth-related issues and improve drainage; now and in the future..

Next steps

We will undertake a broad range of activities within our catchments over the next few years as our drainage strategies develop.

We will regularly consult with customers and stakeholders, update and republish our catchment drainage strategies as they develop throughout the 4-stage framework process.

You can see our latest reports here.