Research and analysis

Kent: groundwater situation

The latest update on monitored groundwater levels and whether there are any groundwater alerts or warnings in force.


Flooding from groundwater: situation report for Kent and South London: New Year update

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These documents provide information on the groundwater situation for Kent.

Flooding from groundwater can happen when the level of water within the rock or soil that makes up the land surface (known as the water table) rises. The level of the water table changes with the seasons due to variations in long term rainfall and water abstraction. When the water table rises and reaches ground level, water starts to emerge on the surface and flooding can happen.

Lead local flood authorities (the unitary or County Council) are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from groundwater. They set out how they plan to do this in their local flood risk management strategies.

The Environment Agency has a strategic overview for all sources of flooding including groundwater. This means they will provide support to other risk management authorities. They supply information in the form of monitored groundwater levels. In some areas that have historically experienced groundwater flooding, the Environment Agency provide a groundwater alert or warning service.

Published 21 February 2014
Last updated 15 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Latest groundwater update added for Kent and S London

  2. Updated with December 2019 report.

  3. Page updated with November 2019 situation report.

  4. February Groundwater Report added.

  5. December groundwater report added.

  6. March groundwater situation report added

  7. January 2016 groundwater situation updated.

  8. January 2016 groundwater situation report added

  9. Updated report 20 February 2015

  10. Updated to 30 January 2015 report

  11. Updated 23 January 2015

  12. Added new report for January 2015.

  13. New briefing added.

  14. First published.