The Land Drainage system deals with a large proportion of the water arising inland from rainfall and surface water run-off, as well as groundwater.

The land drainage system incorporates rivers, watercourse, ditches, culvert, pipes, lakes & ponds. 

Land drainage is complex and is primarily a private matter between adjoining landowners. We are the nominated land drainage authority and have some enforcement powers to make landowners carry out works to prevent serious internal flooding of domestic dwellings. Some watercourses are classed as 'controlled' and the Environment Agency will ensure that they are properly maintained and take action against those found polluting or obstructing the flow of water.


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