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Water is vital for life, so we need to use and manage it effectively. The River Stour, which flows through Ashford, has demonstrated its dynamic character with episodes of both extreme low flows and severe flooding.

In 2003 the government funded an Ashford Integrated Water Management Study (AIWMS) to plan exactly how the environment can accommodate the growth of housing and employment, whilst still conserving our ecological heritage.

In this section of the website you can find out more information on Flood Risk Management, Sustainable Drainage, Water Efficiency and River Quality.