Ofwat will not relax rules as flood risk rises

June 2008
Utility Week;6/27/2008, Vol. 29 Issue 10, p38
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The article reports on the publication of a guidance by the British Office of Water Services stating that the regulator will not relax standards in the light of climate change. The regulator will not allow water companies to increase the number of properties on their registers that are at risk from a 1-in 20-year sewer flood, although it concedes that climate change is likely to lead to more floods. It said design standards must safeguard properties from floods with less frequent return periods unless costs were exorbitant.


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