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Water, wastewater and flooding

Cover story - State of the Nation

WATER & WASTEWATER: B+ 'keep up the good work' FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT:

C+ 'more forward planning needed' The UK has no reason to worry about the quality of its drinking water, says the report, just that it continues to have enough of it in the future.

This is especially so in the south east where plans for 200,000 new homes will pile additional pressure onto already stretched resources.

The state of sewer infrastructure is also a major concern. 'At the current replacement rate much of the UK's infrastructure will have to last 1,000 years, ' ICE Water Board chairman Graham Setterfield.

In flood risk management the situation is much improved on last year. But a lack of long term planning and progress on the ground means that the standard of flood risk management is still only just above average. In Wales the ICE is keen to see more progress on plans for a single flood defence committee for Wales. The Welsh Assembly has approved the plan, but implementation has been frustratingly slow.

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