Launch of guidelines for SuDS implementation
Last week, a new guidance document – Sustainable drainage systems, maximising the potential for wildlife and people – was launched with an event at the Houses of Parliament. Written by staff from WWT and RSPB and peer reviewed before publication, it provides guidance on SuDS design and implementation for local authorities and developers, with case studies and lessons learned.
The keynote speech of the event was provided by Anne McIntosh MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, the all-party parliamentary groups on Denmark, South Africa, Water, Floods and Environmental Quality. Ms McIntosh extolled the virtues of well designed SuDS and encouraged local authorities not to wait for Schedule 3 of the Floods and Water Management Act of 2010 (FWMAct 2010) to be enacted.
Case studies were also presented by Richard Aylard, Director of External Affairs and Sustainability for Thames Water (pictured below), and Simon Bunn of Cambridge City Council.
For too long we have treated rainwater as waste, paved over our urban areas and simply flushed surface water down pipes into an overloaded sewerage system. But as recent heavy flooding has shown, these systems can no longer cope with the volumes generated during rainfall. Carrying on as usual is no longer an option and doing things differently is now an essential requirement for managing surface water, especially if we are to adapt to a changing climate and protect our rivers and beaches from pollution. Quite simply, we need another solution.
SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) are the solution to this challenge. They also provide the ideal opportunity to bring urban wetlands and other wildlife-friendly green spaces into our towns and cities and link these with existing habitats creating blue and green corridors. Well-designed SuDS should also be an amenity and education resource for the community, providing high-quality public green space in which to relax, play and enjoy wildlife.
If you would like a copy of the SuDS guide, please email: email@example.com or download it as a pdf from our sustainable drainage page.
If you would like help designing or implementing SuDS, why not contact us