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National water grid is back on the agenda

Measures included in the draft Flood & Water Management Bill will renew calls for a national water grid for the UK, it was claimed this week.

The bill, published for consultation last month, proposes regulations which will allow the creation of companies to deliver large infrastructure schemes.    

Morrison Utility Services chief executive Charles Morrison said the prospect of raising much larger levels of finance than currently is possible in the water sector could finally make the idea of a national water transfer scheme a reality. “Logic dictates that [a national water grid] is a good idea,” said Morrison.    

“There is lots of rainfall in the north of the UK but there are parts of southern England that are technically desert. From an engineering point of view creating a water grid is not rocket science. It is the funding that is key.”    

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