The bulk of the files form part of the original Hydrology/Water Resources filing system (RH/WR), and deal with the core activities of flood forecasting, hydrogeology, charging and licensing, and particular developments such as the Hydrometric Scheme (which covered evaporation, river gauging, rainfall and groundwater), the Hydrological Survey, the production of the Water Resources Plan, and research into experimental catchments. The files relate principally to the 1960s and 1970s, although some series continue well into the period of Severn Trent Water Authority (1974-1989), though in some cases the activity represented in the file has changed considerably from its original function.
As with the other departments of the Trent River Board/Authority, a series of correspondence files are present (RH/C) containing copies of letters relating to the work of the Water Resources Section (Mar. 1965 - Dec. 1968). There are two small series of files originally created by the Clerk's Department of the River Trent Catchment Board (RH/RC) relating to Internal Drainage Boards and Rateable values which seem to have been used for later reference by the Section, and files from the Engineer's Department relating to particular gauging stations, tenders and a review of the River Trent Catchment Board's departmental arrangements (RH/RE).
The remainder of the files are rough working files which were not included in the official filing scheme, relating to charging schemes, floods and flood forecasting, gauge boards, recorders, gauging stations, reservoirs, weirs, etc. (RH/W). There are also assorted bundles of data recording soil moisture deficits, reservoir levels, rainfall, weir gauging, and records relating to a trial using gravel infiltration pits (RH/D).
A large series of packets of plans and sections are present (RH/Pk), some of which relate closely to the sequence of Drawing Office plans (RE/DO), but which deal specifically with the work of Hydrology/Water Resources such as the creation of new gauging stations, or maps of weather patterns; there are also various printed reports (RH/Pr) and plans (RH/P) relating to particular Trent River Board/Authority activities, and a small collection of photographs (RH/Ph).