Hants County Council - Information from Flood and waste management team

Message from the Flood and Water Management Team:  

Unfortunately it is fast becoming the time of year when we need to think about the state of Hampshire’s land drainage network. As the rain begins in earnest and leaves begin to fall, all riparian owners (those who have watercourses on or bordering their properties) across Hampshire, and beyond, should be looking at the state of their drainage ditches, culverts and other watercourses to ensure the clear transference of rain water and a reduced risk of localised flooding.  

If you have any further enquiries regarding this or any other areas of flood risk management, please visit our website at https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding  



Information from Hampshire County Council




Do you own land that has a watercourse or drainage ditch on or adjacent to it?




Answer: Yes –You are therefore a ‘riparian landowner’ and you are responsible for maintaining those watercourses




What is a watercourse? Watercourses are any natural or artificial channel above or below ground through which water flows. Watercourses are classified as either ‘Ordinary Watercourse’ or ‘Main River’.




Ordinary Watercourses are watercourses that are not part of a main river and include streams, ditches, drains, cuts, culverts, dykes, sluices, sewers (other than public sewers) and passages, through which water flows.




Main Rivers are typically larger streams and rivers, but some are smaller watercourses of local significance.




What can land and property owner do to reduce the risk of flooding?




vIdentify your ordinary watercourses/ditches/piped watercourses – check deeds if required.


vCheck whether they are clear from debris and vegetation and if not clear them.




As a landowner you have a right to protect your property from flooding – consider how you might do this and prepare a plan.


More information:






National Flood Forum provides information on preparing for a flood:






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