HC Deb 07 December 1943 vol 395 c788W
Mrs. Beatrice Wright

asked the Minister of Health whether it is his intention to have a complete survey made of present and potential water supplies in this country?

Miss Horsbrugh

It is the duty of every local sanitary authority to take such steps as are necessary from time to time to ascertain the sufficiency and wholesomeness of the water supplies in their district. The systematic long-term measurement of water resources is a matter for the Inland Water Survey whose work consists of recording, collating and publishing measurements of the flow of rivers and, in conjunction with the Geological Survey, estimates of yield of underground sources. The activities of the Inland Water Survey have been generally suspended during the war, since the central and local personnel concerned have necessarily been engaged on work more closely related to the war effort but will be resumed as soon as practicable.