Floods: River Quaggy

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

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.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/348917/Guidance_on_Recovery_from_Flooding_essential_info_from_frontline_responders.pdf

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