The RMAIDB is responsible for the control and maintenance of certain
watercourses within the district. We maintain approximately 350km
of watercourses, known as Petty Sewers or Lesser Sewers, in the
are brushed annually. This is mainly carried out using mechanical
weedcutters; however in some instances where
access is difficult for machinery this is done by hand. We now
undertake desilting on an ‘as required’ basis.
The RMAIDB owns five pumping stations: Kitsbridge and Lodgeland in the Romney Marsh district, Brack, Indraft and Northpoint B in the Walland Marsh district. We also use two submersible pumps to enhance summer water levels, situated at the Icklesham and Newhouse Pumping Stations in the Pett district. The remaining pumping stations, although many do pump RMAIDB watercourses, are Environment Agency owned.
of Watercourses Flow
Under section 23 of the Land Drainage Act 1991, no person may
cause an obstruction to or alter the flow of any ordinary watercourse
without the written consent of the RMAIDB.
To comply with the 1994 amendment of the Land Drainage Act 1991
we have a duty to further conservation and along with environmental
responsibilities we must consider the effective management of appropriate
water levels. Within our coverage area there are several sites
of Special Scientific Interest:
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We have entered into an agreement for a Site Management Statement
with Natural England to enable annual routine works to be undertaken
without needing to seek repeat approval.
RMAIDB is closely linked with the Environment Agency. Under Section
105 of the Water Resources Act 1991 the Agency has the
following duties / powers:
- Supervision of all matters relating to Flood Defence
of Sea Defences
of Abstraction and Irrigation
of an effective Flood Warning System for people and property
at risk from fluvial or tidal flooding
Water Resources Act 1991 confers functions in relation to Main
River on the Agency
that are functions of the RMAIDB in relation
to other watercourses under the Land Drainage Act 1991. All the
RMAIDB’s watercourses drain either directly or indirectly
into Main River.
The RMAIDB is a risk management authority as stated in the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and works with both Kent and East Sussex County Councils who are the Lead Local Flood Authorities.
Under Section 141 of the Water Resources Act 1991 the Agency may
issue a precept to the RMAIDB to recover a contribution that the
Agency considers fair towards their expenses.
Under Section 57 of the Land Drainage Act 1991, in cases where
the internal drainage district receives water from land at a higher
level, the RMAIDB may make an application to the Agency for a contribution
towards the expenses of dealing with that water.