SPOTLIGHT ON THE FUTURE OF DRAINAGE

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Welcome to Spotlight, an initiative to promote ‘out of the box’ thinking around the connected challenges posed by flood waters, climate change and urban development.

If you haven’t contributed your ideas to the debate yet, it's time to rise to the challenge.

SuDS Discussion Group

Join our new SuDS discussion group on Facebook to connect and discuss the way forward for SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) in the UK.

We welcome flood management, drainage and planning professionals, civil engineers and landscape architects to join the conversation.

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Floods, SuDs and Stormwater Management

Northumbrian Water gets full marks for environmental performance

A recent report by the Environment Agency has called for water companies to clean up their act

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Integrated water management strategy

Integrated water management is a strategy of combining the infrastructure requirements for water demand, drainage and flood risk by integrating the management of all aspects of the water cycle including fresh water, wastewater, stormwater and natural systems. Could this be the way forward for a climate resilient built environment?

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Engineered SuDS v landscaped SuDS

Sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) mean different things to different people. For some they tend to be manmade or engineered structures and for others they are about natural landscape features.

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The value of water

Water has the power to both support life and devastate lives around the world. This year for world water day, we reflect on the value of water in the UK and how this could affect our view of surface water management for the future.

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SuDS and biodiversity net gains

The government is consulting on proposals to introduce a requirement for developers to deliver a biodiversity net gain on new housing and commercial developments. In this post we take a look at what biodiversity net gain is and what it could mean for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and surface water management.

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The future of drainage - what the civil engineers think!

The risk of flooding in urban areas is an ever-growing concern in the UK.
Read The views of Civil engineers on stormwater management

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Retrofitting of SuDS

Retrofitting of sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) in existing urban areas could offer much greater opportunities for increasing flood resilience than implementation of SuDS on new build projects alone could. This in depth article examines the case for retrofitting and what is needed to enable it.

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Flooding and climate change

According to some of the world's leading scientists, we have 12 years to limit climate change or face a significantly increased risk of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for millions of people.

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A new framework for long term drainage and waste water planning

A new framework has been released by Atkins to enable water companies to improve their long term drainage and waste water planning.

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Sewers for Adoption

Sewers for Adoption 8 explained

Martin Lambley, Wavin’s product manager for Stormwater management explains sewers for Adoption 8 in a nutshell and explores what it could mean for the future of SuDS in the UK.

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Sewers for adoption 8th edition – what the professionals think

The majority of Industry professionals responding to our survey think that Sewers for Adoption 8 will be very important in ensuring flood resilience in the UK. The results of our survey are out now!

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Research report: SuDS – perception and progress

Register to receive our upcoming research report published in collaboration with Institution of Civil Engineers. The report will explore engineer’s understanding of upcoming legislation and experience of the new guidance in Wales as well as perceptions of the issues around designing and implementing site specific and multi-functional SuDS.

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SuDS are ready to enter the mainstream!

Presented in collaboration with New Civil Engineer, our new whitepaper explores how sustainable urban drainage systems are gaining momentum. Download it now to find out how government policy is impacting SuDS and what the future could hold for stormwater management.

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Slow SuDS 

If we all agree that sustainable drainage solutions will only be beneficial, if not crucial, to our modern lives why isn’t it happening on a large scale? We help you navigate the politics and the numbers while we look for solutions to this urgent issue in this edition of our White Paper publication.

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Flood Defences

Transport, energy and digital are all important infrastructure needs. But what about flood defence? Wavin, together with the New Civil Engineer, presents an indepth white paper on the subject.

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Spotlight events

Water industry innovation workshop

A recent innovation sprint hosted by Wavin in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers aimed to create new concepts for the use of SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) to better manage surface water.

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