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National Water Policy in Great Britain

Nature volume 135, page 314 (23 February 1935) | Download Citation



THE recently issued report of the Joint Con-JL ference of the Institution of Water Engineers, the British Waterworks Association and the Water Companies Association on national water policy is a document of considerable interest, dealing, as it does, with a matter of vital public importance which has been debated for some time past in the Press, in Parliament and in various other quarters. It is to be regretted, however, that the Committee to which the question has been referred, appears to have been composed of representatives or consultants of water supply undertakings (mainly municipal) for domestic purposes, and, so far as can be gathered from a scrutiny of the names of the members, there was no direct representation of the commercial and industrial users of water, as also of other interests no less vitally concerned in the exploitation of the country's supplies. Land drainage and the prevention of floods, although necessarily bound up in any national water policy, evidently did not come within the purview of the Committee. Neither has any consideration been given to the aspects of the matter as affecting fisheries, navigation, canal sources of supply, and the like. The report is concerned solely with the allocation of water supplies to domestic uses.

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