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Living next to a watercourse


A watercourse is a natural or artificial channel. It moves water from one place to another, although it may be dry for long periods.

Watercourses include:

  • Streams
  • Rivers
  • Dikes
  • Ditches
  • Pipes
  • Culverts - a tunnel, usually a pipe, carrying water underground

If you live on, lease or own land next to a watercourse you have a responsibility to maintain it.

Norfolk Strategic Flood Alliance (NSFA) has created this guidance and information.