WWT Consulting’s Wetland Treatment Systems and Sustainable Drainage Systems update
Over the years, WWT Consulting has worked on the design and construction of numerous Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Wetland Treatment Systems (WTS), which use natural processes to manage rainfall, deal with surface runoff and remove pollutants.
The benefits of using these nature-based solutions are multiple – they provide obvious opportunities for climate change adaptation including flood attenuation, groundwater recharge, wetland habitat creation and local climate regulation.
WWT Consulting draws on extensive experience developing these type of features to incorporate SuDS and WTS into the environment, both in the UK and internationally.
As an example close to home, we are working with our parent charity (WWT), as well as other stakeholders, on the “Transforming Slough” project at Salt Hill stream; the project aims to create a cleaner, healthier watercourse so that it becomes a better place for wildlife and people. WWT Consulting has created concept designs for Salt Hill Park to incorporate SuDS and create a variety of wetland habitats, which would develop a landscape that is enriched by the natural seasonal fluctuations in water levels. Following research on catchment data, we have now completed detailed designs and construction drawings for the site.
At bit further afield (China, no less) we are pleased to have just started working on a new project in Chao Hu Lake, Anhui Province, in collaboration with Nanjing University. We will be designing water treatment solutions for the lake, which has suffered from high levels of pollution for the last decades. Two of our staff (Matthew Simpson and David Naismith) are on site this week gathering first-hand information on the area’s ecological character and hydrological function, which will inform the next stages of the project.
If you would like to find out more about our approach and experience related to WTS and SuDS, please click here.