Stormwater Quality

The Three Crucial Building Blocks to SuDS Progress in the UK

6 Dec 2013

Written By: Alex Stephenson Market Development Director, Hydro International.

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Despite all the good work underway to deliver SuDS in the UK at the moment we are still only on the foothills of a very tall mountain.  Welcome legislation has already made SuDS compulsory for new development in Scotland and soon England and Wales will follow suit. But new development is just the start of […]

A Step Closer to Clarity on SuDS?

18 Jul 2013

Written By: Alex Stephenson Market Development Director, Hydro International.

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Important clues to the future of SuDS delivery in England and Wales emerged from the publication of the Water Bill and the commentary that accompanied it. The Government has confirmed its aim to commence Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act in April 2014.  This will make the right to connect surface water […]

Regulating urban diffuse pollution

20 Jun 2012

Written By: Brian D’Arcy Independent environmental consultant

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“The problem is, we aren’t able to regulate diffuse sources” is occasionally heard from speakers at conferences or in discussions with water industry colleagues.  Whilst that may be true, it is not the same as stating that diffuse sources cannot be regulated. But the belief is a problem.  Nearly forty years ago, The Control of […]

Water Reflections: The Need to Treat Surface Water

24 Jan 2012

Written By: Brian D’Arcy Independent environmental consultant

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“Of course the concentrations are high – you sampled during a period of heavy rain” … Although a commonplace observation in the old river boards and water authorities of the 1970s, no-one at that time talked about diffuse pollution (contamination associated with wet weather mobilisation of contaminants from land and drainage networks). In the course […]

Blue, Green and Grey Infrastructure: what’s the difference – and where do they overlap?

2 Sep 2011

Written By: editor

A pond which overflows into underground storage basin.

Proprietary Systems:  The Confluence between Green and Grey Infrastructure in Integrated Urban Water Management All over the world  there is an increasing recognition that stormwater runoff and other wet-weather induced flows from urban catchments (eg. combined sewage overflows) are major sources of pollution into receiving watercourses resulting in water quality impairments and related adverse impacts […]