Water Supply and Flooding

A changing climate is expected to mean more extreme weather events such as intense rainfall and floods, heat-waves and droughts. These impacts are predicted to increase over time, with winters getting warmer and wetter, while summers become hotter and drier.

Reading Rowing Club with River Thames in flood

Water Supply and Flooding Theme

This theme looks at developing actions to make people more aware of the risks of future floods and droughts, and some of the things that we can do to try and prepare.

  • More extreme rainfall events are expected at any time of the year so we need to prepare for more flash flooding, both in urban areas and from the rivers.
  • Wetter winters in the future are expected are also expected to increase the frequency and size of future floods.
  • Hotter, drier summers will tend to increase demand for water and reduce available resources. Hence our concern about our vulnerability to droughts in the future. As well as affecting public water supply, this could also have significant impacts on biodiversity and the natural environment.

This chapter and associated action plan sets out measures to adapt to the threats to water supply and the risks of flooding.

Water Theme – Action Plan

Strategic priorities:

  • Manage demand for and supply of water, to reduce the expected impact of water shortages on consumers and on wildlife (T4SP1)
  • Reduce the risk of damage due to flooding (T4SP2)
  • Develop an adaption plan for Reading so we can plan for extreme events associated with the changing climate (T4SP3)

There are a number of actions behind each of these strategic priorities, which are detailed in the Water Theme Action Plan. As progress is made on each of these actions, we will update the content on the website.


Temporary flood defences