The government's plan
In July 2018, The governments Department for Environment Food and Rural affairs (DEFRA) released an action plan for surface water management. The plan creates an ambitious vision for an understanding of the risks and developing the capability of those responsible to manage them effectively.
“This plan highlights the importance of effective flood management and the UK government’s commitment to proactively preparing for the future. Of particular interest is the focus of the plan on the role of local authorities and water and sewerage companies. This will be key to ensuring resilient infrastructures and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) with a proactive and integrated response to an issue which is likely to grow as a result of global-warming“
Martin Lambley, Product Manager Stormwater Management at Wavin comments
Wavin's sustainable approach to drainage
Martin explained how Wavin has been instrumental in promoting a sustainable approach to drainage through its early innovation with rainwater attenuation units and its ongoing work with Susdrain, an independent online community that provides resources for those involved in delivering sustainable drainage systems. He highlighted how Wavin’s innovative stormwater management products including Q-Bic Plus and AquaCell are combined with landscaped SuDS features such as swales, ponds and filter strips to provide a complete solution on urban building projects.
The National Flood Resilience Review
The development of the action plan for surface water drainage has been overseen by the inter-ministerial Group on flooding and they will also monitor ongoing progress towards the actions detailed in the plan.
The plan is driven by the governments commitment to considering issues relating to surface water flooding as part of the National Flood Resilience Review and the addition of surface water flooding in metropolitan areas as a new risk in the National Risk Register. The government is investing 2.6 billion over 6 years from 2015 – 2021 to manage costal erosion and flooding risk.
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