Previous research suggests that both rainfall and rainfall intensity could be increasing as a result of climate change, with extreme daily rainfall becoming slightly more frequent. This is most notable during the winter season, although there is also evidence of heavier downpours during the summer too.
These extremes are impacting the water industry, from widespread river and surface water flooding, which threatens treatment works and other assets, to property flooding from overloaded sewers. Mitigating against flood risks and proactively managing operational issues as a result of flooding is key to water companies.
The implications for the
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