Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Gridlocked idea

Letters

The whole idea of a national water grid' (News 29 June & 6 July) is ludicrous and it is time that we knocked it on the head.

The popular concept is that it would be similar to the electricity National Grid, where water could be shunted at any time from areas in surplus to those in deficit. The direction and quantity of transfers would be impossible to predict and the cost of such a grid would be astronomical.

For a high proportion of the time, the grid - with its associated pumping stations and treatment works - would lay idle, while relatively local water resources were used.

Sensibly, the debate in engineering circles appears to be centred on inter-regional transfers, principally between rivers, supported by releases from regulating reservoirs.

This was the central tenet of several of the strategies proposed by the Water Resources Board - for whom I worked in its reports of the 1960-70s, which were subsequently buried by the new water authorities in 1973.

Now these ideas are reemerging over 30 years later as if they were new. This is as near to a national water grid as we shall ever get.

Peter Bell (M), Silverthorne Drive, Caversham, Reading RG4 7NR

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.