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New report asks Government to consider both flood and drought risk in policy

New report asks Government to consider both flood and drought risk in policy

7th August 2018

New report asks Government to consider both flood and drought risk in policy

Despite the summer heatwave ending and the calling off of the dreaded 'hosepipe ban' in the North West, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers have warned that most Government policies, strategies and reports do not consider hot, dry weather together with flooding. Government reports tend to look at one or the other, and a new water infrastructure sustainability plan is needed which combines drought and flood. WSBF's recent Bricks & Water report considered the risk of drought and flooding to new housing.

Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said: “We need to make people aware of the value of water as a resource. Consumers need to understand the challenges of managing water in more extreme environments and the increased costs that water companies will face running treatment plants at higher flow rates as well as reducing leakage. Sustainable drainage and water recycling systems along with reducing water use are all part of the solution of helping us adapt to climate change.”