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Flood Water Management Act 2010

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2009-10

Last updated: 16 August 2010 at 11:14

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Long title

A Bill to make provision about water, including provision about the management of risks in connection with flooding and coastal erosion.


The Bill responds to recent pressure to introduce legislation to address the threat of flooding and water scarcity, both of which are predicted to increase with climate change.

Key areas

  • requires the Environment Agency to create a National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy, which a number of organisations will have to follow
  • requires leading local flood authorities to create local flood risk management strategies
  • enables the Environment Agency and local authorities more easily to carry out flood risk management works
  • introduces a more risk-based approach to reservoir management
  • changes the arrangements that would apply should a water company go into administration
  • enables water companies more easily to control non-essential uses of water, such as the use of hosepipes
  • enables water companies to offer concessions to community groups for surface water drainage charges
  • requires the use of sustainable drainage systems in certain new developments
  • introduces a mandatory building standard for sewers

Sponsoring departments

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Hilary Benn
Labour, Leeds Central
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lord Davies of Oldham
Labour, Life peer

Current version of the Bill

9 April 2010

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
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