LATEST NEWS - Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
The consideration of how surface water is managed is coming to the forefront due to changes in weather conditions and the increase in the numbers of flood events occurring. Knowledge of SuDS is essential for all drainage engineers to work towards alleviating issues.
Dealing with surface water on a site can be challanging and starts with Source Control - dealing with the water where it falls.This is important to SuDS as implementing features assists with removing pollutants, providing water storage and slowing flow velocities throughout the overall surface water network.
What are SuDS?
Although SuDS are scrutinized from the same legislative position across England, in practice the requirements and implementation by different local authorities and attitude of approving bodies varies from place to place. This can make it difficult to advise Contractors/Clients for budgeting at early stages of the design process and also leads to changes to the drainage system throughout the planning process. In addition, drainage has therefore become a ‘hot topic’ in the planning process.
SuDS for Planning:
Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (FWMA)
Planning policy was strengthened with ministerial statement in 2014
Non statutory technical standards for SuDS published in 2015
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