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It is good to see that the Environment Agency is conducting a 'preliminary survey' into the feasibility of a national water grid (NCE 30 March), but less reassuring to see the reasons against being trotted out by the Agency and the Water Companies.

As a life-long fisherman and ornithologist, I have a personal stake in the maintenance of my environment, but I cannot see that the transfer of flood water in winter, via river or canal, when use by boaters, anglers and walkers is minimal and water levels high, can be so detrimental.

Yes, it would entail water treatment at the point of delivery, eg Bewl Water or Weir Wood Reservoir, where presumably these facilities already exist, but these excuses must not be allowed to get in the way of a meaningful investigation into our vitally-needed national water grid.

J D Mortimer (M), 98 Edge End Lane, Great Harwood, Lancs BB6 7QD.

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