Surface water management

Maintaining drainage to keep roads and highways accessible

Whilst local authorities have a statutory responsibility to deal with surface water flooding, and to maintain roadside gullies, the LSIDB plays an important assisting role, both for its authority partners and landowners.

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LSIDB Digger doing work

What we do

Surface water drains in roads and highways ultimately runs into water courses. The LSIDB provides maintenance to ensure that outfalls remain operational, and drainage ditches remain clear, allowing surface water to run off.

For farmers, understanding and planning for surface water is also an important factor in land use management. Certain crops, over time, can cause the soil to harden, accelerating surface water runoff during rainfall. The LSIDB offers guidance to manage crop rotation and optimise soil drainage.

Who pays?

The LSIDB offers its eight local authority partners and local landowners advice and support for surface water drainage at no charge.

Fast facts

We employ an intricate network of pumps and sluices to manage water levels.
Collaboration with other organisations on water management initiatives is a common practice for many IDBs.

Latest from LSIDB

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December 15, 2023

Postcard from the Past

Postcard of the Severn Catchment Drainage Board Operations Team from 1934/1935

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December 15, 2023

ADA Flood and Water Conference 2023

LSIDB Officers attending ADA Flood and Water Conference

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December 15, 2023

Pumping Stations Public Consultation 2023

Two consultation events at Oldbury on Severn and Whitminster were held

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December 15, 2023

Postcard from the Past

Postcard of the Severn Catchment Drainage Board Operations Team from 1934/1935

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December 15, 2023

ADA Flood and Water Conference 2023

LSIDB Officers attending ADA Flood and Water Conference

LSIDB is committed to providing innovative solutions to the wide range of challenges related to drainage and flood protection, within our designated area and beyond.

Dr Manjit Pope

Chief Executive Officer