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Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Alternative Approach to Managing Surface Water

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) offer an alternative approach to managing surface water by avoiding the conventional routing through networks of pipes and sewers to nearby watercourses.

These systems strive to mitigate surface water flooding, enhance water quality, and elevate the overall amenity and biodiversity of the surroundings by replicating natural drainage patterns. This is accomplished through the reduction of flow rates, augmentation of water storage capacity, and minimization of pollution transport to the water environment.

The demand for alternative drainage solutions, such as Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), is anticipated to rise in response to environmental challenges like climate change and population growth. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 encompasses provisions for SuDS, outlining the national standards essential for their design, construction, maintenance, and operation.

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