ARCHIVE: Flood and Water Management Act 2010
The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 will provide better, more comprehensive management of flood risk for people, homes and businesses. It will also help tackle bad debt in the water industry, improve the affordability of water bills for certain groups and individuals, and help ensure continuity of water supplies to the consumer.
17 September 2010 – Implementation of the first parts of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 begins on the 01 October 2010.
11 August 2010 - What does the act mean for you factsheets available.
29 July 2010 – Richard Benyon spoke at the Local Government Flood Forum Conference, on the implementation of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
The Flood and Water Management Act received Royal Assent on 8 April 2010. The Act needs commencing by ministerial order before it comes into effect.
On the 01 October 2010 the first commencement order for the Act will come into force implementing several provisions within the Act including definitions, the activation of statutory instrument making powers, and provisions requiring the Environment Agency and Lead Local Flood Authorities to develop strategies for risk management. Provisions assisting internal drainage boards to operate through consortia from October will also be implemented.
Two further orders have also been laid in parliament and are due to come into force on the 01 October 2010. These are as follows:
- Flood Risk Management Functions Order 2010.
This order will identify water company duties to provide surface water sewers and recently transposed EU Floods Directive functions of the Environment Agency and local authorities to prepare flood risk assessments, flood maps and plans, within the scope of the Act requiring these functions to be performed in specified ways. For instance, the functions must be carried out in a manner which is consistent with the upcoming National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy
- Order under s76A(2) of the Water Industry Act 1991. (Not a floods related order)
This order, to be made under the new s.76A(2) of the Water Industry Act 1991, will provide for exceptions to the categories of water use that may be prohibited under amended s.76 of the Water Industry Act 1991, provide that certain activities are to be treated (or not to be treated), as falling within the categories of water use that may be prohibited by water undertakers under that section. It will also define certain words and phrases used in the new s76(2) of the Water Industry Act 1991.
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Page last modified: 17 September 2010
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