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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

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08 March 2011 – Lead local flood authority duty to maintain a register – information note and example template released.

22 February 2011 – Consultation launched: Regime for special water and sewerage infrastructure projects in England


The Flood and Water Management Act provides for better, more comprehensive management of flood risk for people, homes and businesses, helps safeguard community groups from unaffordable rises in surface water drainage charges and protects water supplies to the consumer.

The Act implements Sir Michael Pitt’s recommendations requiring urgent legislation, following his review of the 2007 floods.

Serious flooding can happen any time. Climate projections suggest extreme weather will happen more frequently in the future.  This Act is central to reducing the flood risk associated with extreme weather.

The Act will need to be commenced by ministerial order before it comes into effect; however, it is important to recognize many of the authorities who will have new duties and powers under the Act are already getting on with managing flood risk.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

An inquiry into the Future Flood and Water Management Legislation is currently being conducted.

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