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Floods: River Quaggy

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 205077, tabled on 4 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential risk from contamination to the Bowring sports ground as a result of flooding from the River Quaggy.

Answered on

9 January 2019

The water quality in the River Quaggy is tested regularly by the Environment Agency, however river water quality is only one factor that can contribute to contamination in a flooding event. In times of flood there is the potential for additional contamination such as sewage leaking from flooded drains.

Public Health England has published guidance for those responding to flooding emergencies and undertaking subsequent recovery activity. This guidance includes the potential public health risks associated with the flooding of sport playing fields and is available to view here:

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