Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium

The Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium is the organisation that manages the operations and affairs of three Drainage Boards in Somerset.

The Boards are:

  • Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board
  • Parrett Internal Drainage Board
  • North Somerset Levels Internal Drainage Board

The Consortium will provide common Engineering, Administration, Legal, Finance and Clerking support, providing continuity of service and best value for money across all three IDB’s that make up the Consortium. As a larger group the Consortium is able to act and lobby on behalf of all the Boards in the organisation.

The individual Boards are still autonomous public bodies that retain all of the powers and duties bestowed to them from the Land Drainage Act 1991 as well as the environmental and health and safety legislation.

What we do

The main activity of a Board is to manage water levels for the protection of people, property and the environment. In undertaking this work we will be following a series of policies that will generally be common to the three Boards in the Consortium. These policies will cover a number of areas including activities in or adjacent to watercourses and the control of development in their areas.