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News Centre > Wednesday 27 September 2017

Deadline for clearing streams approaching fast


Guernsey Water is reminding islanders who have streams on their land to ensure that they are clear of vegetation and silt by Saturday 30 September.

This vital maintenance of waterways is undertaken twice annually to ensure the unrestricted flow of water into the island's catchments and to minimise the risk of flooding.

All streams are required by law to be cleared of vegetation and other obstructions by 30 September ahead of Parish inspections by the streams committees.

Jon Holt, operations manager of Guernsey Water said: "We really appreciate the hard work that our streams inspectors do on our behalf and on behalf of the island's parishes.

"It is very important that all waterways on the island are cleared of debris and other vegetation as this can cause poor flows or even blockages. If we suddenly experience a heavy downpour and the rainwater is unable to drain away this could lead to serious flooding.

"We are asking landowners to work with the parish douzaines to maintain their streams, reduce the risk of flooding and ensure we keep our valuable water flowing."

Guernsey Water works in partnership with the douzaines who ultimately are responsible for ensuring that the waterways in each of their parishes are maintained.  

To clean a stream and ensure an unrestricted flow involves not only the cutting and removing of weed from the bed but also removing any other obstruction to the flow of water as well as silt which may have accumulated in the stream bed.

For further information please see our Streams & Douits page, contact a member of your local Parish Stream Committee or the Streams Inspector at Guernsey Water.

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