The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has called for a feasibility study to consider options for bulk transfer of water across the UK.
In its Infrastructure: The Routemap for Growth report, published last week, CECA said: “We need to be able to balance water availability more effectively, moving it from areas of surplus to areas of demand.”
The idea of a UK-wide bulk transfer network has previously been dismissed as being “too costly, too environmentally damaging and too grand a design for the need” by the ICE, which instead favours interconnections between adjacent water supply areas.
CECA has also called for mandatory sustainable drainage to reduce the risk of flooding.
The government recently announced that it is delaying implementation of proposals on sustainable drainage that were initially set to be brought in next month.
The delay follows a consultation on the plans, which include new national standards for sustainable drainage systems.
Most people and organisations that responded to the consultation said they did not think the proposed new national standards would result in drainage for surface runoff being sustainable and affordable to build and maintain.