Letter to the Environment Agency about water

Dear Julia


         I was disappointed  to read your latest fatalistic email asking me to tell the public how bad things are with possibilities  of both droughts  and floods. The immediate necessity is for you and the water companies to replenish the reservoirs quickly now there is plenty of rain and rivers are often running full. The authorities and companies need to ensure full capacity and plenty of supplies in case there is another dry summer. What action are you taking to put in more reservoir capacity? We cannot keep on accepting more people into the country and building more homes without putting in more water supply.


         I also would like an up to date report on the work underway in the Thames basin to contain excess water at times of high rainfall and potential flood. The main burden of flood prevention should rest with the authorities, not with individual householders. Whenever a Council is considering granting planning permission on flood plain I expect your Agency to write in as a Statutory consultee to strongly advise against such construction or to insist on flood control works as part of the development. Older properties were usually built above any autumn flood line.


Yours sincerely


John Redwood


  1. A Paul
    November 4, 2022

    Standard or even heavier rainfall after a prolonged period of drought or minimal rain doesn’t mean reservoirs can quickly or even slowly be refilled. Dry ground soaks up nearly all of the water. It also takes a relatively long time for water to seep through. Eight weeks of drought is not resolved by two weeks of moderate rain or one week of heavy rain.

    1. Berkshire Alan
      November 5, 2022

      A Paul

      Indeed and that is probably why JR is suggesting new reservoirs are a requirement.

      While I speak water is rising up through the road on the A329 here in Wokingham, have telephoned the Water Company, and they came out and had a look after a couple of hours, a good response, but that was 7 days ago, so far no action, I guess the road is now being slowly undermined by the water flow and will eventually lead to subsidence and temporary closure.

  2. Bryan Harris
    November 4, 2022

    Well said.

    They should be doing the job they are contracted to do.

  3. Aden
    November 4, 2022

    Solution. Make planners personally liable. Instant cure

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