Our huge region stretches from the Humber estuary, north of Grimsby, to the Thames estuary, and from Buckinghamshire to Lowestoft on the east coast. Our coastline is around 1,257 kilometres and 112,833 kilometres of water and sewer pipes supply and transport water across some 27,500 square kilometres. If we laid them end to end, they would take us a quarter of the way to the moon.
Compared to other regions, we have a high proportion of flat and low-lying areas, including The Fens in Cambridgeshire and the Norfolk Broads. A quarter of our region lies below sea level which means we are acutely aware of the risk of flooding. And with so few hills providing gravity, we have to use more energy to pump water from place to place.