SUDS

EFRA Post-legislative scrutiny report recommendations – the good and the misunderstood

22 May 2017

Written By: Mark Goodger Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

The Post-legislative scrutiny: Flood and Water Management Act 2010 report recently published by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) has set out a list of recommendations for the next Government. Some of these recommendations I wholeheartedly agree with, while some have left me with a feeling of déjà vu over what is and what […]

SuDS: The Alarming Disconnect Between Desire and Reality

2 Feb 2017

Written By: Mark Goodger Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

Surface Water Swale

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) today published a new report into sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). The report—A Place For SuDS—urges the government to reduce flood risk by making effective flow control,storage and treatment of stormwater a condition of all new developments in the UK. […]

SuDS Survey Results: Can a Broad Toolbox Lift Barriers to Adoption?

19 Dec 2016

Written By: Mark Goodger Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

Could a greater acceptance of proprietary systems as part of a broad SuDS toolbox facilitate more widespread adoption of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) across the UK? The results of the Engineering Nature’s Way SuDS: The State of the Nation Survey 2016 are published and reflect the views of professionals’ actively engaged in delivery of SuDS. […]

SuDS Survey: Why Maintenance is the Key Sticking Point for SuDS Delivery

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

Downstream Defender Maintenance

The results of our SuDS: The State of the Nation 2016  survey are in.  We’ve been overwhelmed by the response, and in particular the depth of professional insights provided by hundreds of respondents. We’ve been left in no doubt about the strength of feeling – indeed passion – generated by the SuDS debate among those […]

Solving the Puzzle of SuDS Ownership

2 Aug 2016

Written By: Andrew Kane

Surface Water Swale

Who is best placed to own Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in the UK? Until we put this enduringly thorny problem to bed, will we ever be able to settle on effective and workable regulations? Maintenance, and who should manage and pay for it, has often been something of an afterthought in our enthusiasm to make […]

SuDS – a Matter of Definition?

12 Jul 2016

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

If you asked a developer, a planning officer and a consulting engineer for a definition of SuDS, do you think you would get the same answer? I have a suspicion that their answers might well be significantly different.  In a recent parliamentary inquiry into future flood resilience, it was suggested that we have a problem […]

One Small Step…

27 Jun 2016

Written By: Mark Goodger Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

NEW sustainable drainage system (SuDS) questions are to be added to the standard conveyancing searches undertaken by solicitors in England & Wales on behalf of their clients. From 4 July 2016, the Con29 enquiry form which relates to water and drainage issues of a property search will ask whether the property is served by a […]

Is English SuDS Policy Working?

23 May 2016

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

SuDS on a housing estate

Do we really need another review of SuDS policy? We’ve had plenty already and, going right back to the recommendations of the Pitt Review, the case for SuDS is well proven; they are cost effective, practical, multi-functional and bring biodiversity and amenity. However, this statutory SuDS review will be different: the UK Government will investigate […]

Schedule 3 – Gone but not quite forgotten yet?

1 Apr 2016

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

Berewood SuDS during construction with show homes in the background

THE HOUSE of Lords became the rather polite battleground last week for an attempt to revive abandoned proposals to establish a separate local authority approval system for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in England and remove developers’ automatic right to connect to the public sewer.   Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act (FMWA) […]

Welsh Standards Light the Way for Future SuDS Delivery

7 Mar 2016

Written By: Mark Goodger Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

Having been born and bred in Wales, as well as currently living there, I can be forgiven for a little favouritism for the Welsh way of doing things. The new interim non-statutory SuDS standards for Wales are certainly different from their English and Scottish counterparts – and I believe they are worth studying, even for […]

C753: SuDS Manual Webinars Get Underway

15 Feb 2016

Written By: Mark Goodger Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

At 964 pages, the updated CIRIA C753 : The SuDS Manual has increased in size by 50% compared to its predecessor C697 and is a formidable document to get to grips with.  More than 800 engineers tuned into the first of in our series of webinars to introduce the manual and outline its key points. […]

Can You Ever Fit and Forget Surface Water Drainage?

1 Dec 2015

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

Downstream Defender Maintenance

Is there ever a time when a drainage system can be left unmaintained? And how does an owner or operator really know if it is performing as the designer intended? These are really not trick questions: clearly a piped system or a manufactured device will have a schedule for servicing that, if followed, will ensure […]

Why Drainage Dreams are Achieved Only Through Practical Progress

24 Nov 2015

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

BEING a drainage engineer has never been a showstopper dinner table conversation topic! My profession has always had something of the prosaic and unromantic about it, which belies its potential to enable our local environments to flourish. As an engineering discipline, it’s true that urban drainage has its roots in finding solutions to protect the […]

SuDS Manual (C753) Brings Knowledge Up To Date

17 Nov 2015

Written By: Mark Goodger Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

The so-called UK ‘bible’ for Sustainable Drainage System design and delivery has been given an important upgrade, bringing seven years of surface water management theory and practice right up to date. The revisions to the first edition published in 2007 will be widely welcomed by our industry.  I was privileged to be a member of […]

Sponge Cities: China’s solution to flooding and drought

9 Nov 2015

Written By: Clive Evans

Chongqing-Copyright Ken Marshall

What is a Sponge City? The traditional idea of managing surface water runoff in an urban environment is to funnel that water away from cities as fast as possible. Recently, however, city planners and governments are realising that this design concept is flawed as it means that they are, to all intents and purposes, throwing […]

Our top ten wish-list for the Environment Secretary and her new floods and water minister

15 Jun 2015

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

As the majority Conservative Government gets to work, Environment Secretary Liz Truss has returned to her desk and new under-secretary Rory Stewart has been appointed with a brief including the natural environment, floods and water and lead responsibility for overseeing the Environment Agency. In the Queen’s Speech on May 27, the Government reiterated its promise […]

New SuDS Regulations – Where Now for SuDS?

1 May 2015

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

Swale with manhole in foreground

A brave new world for SuDS began when new planning regulations came into force last month, designed to ensure, where possible, that Sustainable Drainage Systems are used on major new developments in England. With a much-needed push for new homes underway, it ought to be a relief that more than 10 years of wrangling over […]

Manifestos for Floods and SuDs? Reviewing the Parties’ Election Agendas

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

Berewood SuDS during construction with show homes in the background

Throughout the election campaign all the main parties have been united in one commitment at least – that tackling the housing crisis will be top of the agenda for the next Government. After the General Election, incentivising new homes building will be a priority and that has to be good news for the country and […]

Fudge and Free-For-All? What to Make of The Alternative SuDS Plan?

29 Oct 2014

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

Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more confusion. Threatened delay and disagreement on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) has cast yet another cloud in a storm that has been rumbling on for years. There has been considerable strength in the response to the Government’s revised proposals for SuDS implementation on new developments. However, I […]

SuDS are Good News for London – says Boris

19 Aug 2014

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

Surface water drainage and flood risk management have been flagged as key challenges for the UK’s capital city in the Mayor’s London Infrastructure Plan 2050. The drainage network is already over capacity and rainfall of just 2mm already causes combined sewer overflows into the River Thames. Population growth and climate change are only going to […]

Blue Roofs – turning urban water on its head.

20 Jun 2014

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

As we enjoy our first taste of summer, 2014’s winter of flooding has all but disappeared from the public consciousness.  At the height of media hype it seemed mainstream journalists left no stone unturned to speculate on new ways to attenuate torrential downpours and mitigate flooding – often to the disdain of engineers! So, after […]

SuDS Implementation Delayed Again

29 May 2014

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

After countless delays, yet another postponement to the target start date for SuDS legislation in England and Wales will hardly raise an eyebrow of surprise. Despite a winter of floods misery and high-profile media attention, measures to bring in compulsory National Standards for Sustainable Drainage Systems have once again been postponed by DEFRA.   Key stakeholders […]

New British Standard BS8582 May Help Point the Way Forward

22 Jan 2014

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

As the SuDS community polishes up its new year resolutions, it seems we may still have to wait a little while longer for definitive National Standards for England and Wales at least. In the meantime, a new British Standard, BS8582, has been published giving best practice recommendations on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of […]

SuDS Delays: Have We Lost Sight of our Founding Principles?

15 Jan 2014

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

SuDS Delays:  Have We Lost Sight of our Founding Principles? It seems almost unbelievable.  Yet another SuDS delay.   Six years after 2007 floods that prompted ‘urgent action’ and right in the midst of more severe storms and floods, the Government has confirmed it will not meet its target of implementing SuDS regulations in England and […]

The Three Crucial Building Blocks to SuDS Progress in the UK

6 Dec 2013

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

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 […]

Are ‘good intentions’ leading us to SuDS heaven or SuDS hell?

7 Oct 2013

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

Pond with Deep Water Sign

DEFRA ‘s good intentions are to make Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) compulsory in England and Wales from April 1 2014 for developments of more than one property.  However, their assurance of providing 6-months notice ahead of ‘D-Day’ has now been withdrawn. Nobody knows, but we could be given as little as three months ‘official warning’ […]

Can we learn from doing SuDS the Scottish Way?

25 Sep 2013

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

Has legislation put Scotland ahead of the game with SuDS in comparison to the rest of the UK?   If so, there should be some useful lessons to be learned by professionals on both side of the border. To find out, Engineering Nature’s Way, in association with CIWEM, is setting out to survey professionals in Scotland […]

A Step Closer to Clarity on SuDS?

18 Jul 2013

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

Image courtesy of Illman Young Partnership

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 […]

What does the future of SuDS hold?

8 Jul 2013

Written By: Owen Davies Sustainability Engineer, Lambeth Council

Defra have clearly indicated that schedule 3 will be implemented in April 2014 and as promised there will be six months notice. The language initially used was “we will” however the language has started to change to “we aim”. Within the Defra’s response to the EFRA Parliamentary Group the phrase “…” was used six times, […]

Upton Meadows Community SuDS Fair

18 Jun 2013

Written By: Peter Coombs Vice President, Business Development EMEA, Micro Drainage

Saturday’s hugely successful SuDS Fair at Upton Meadows demonstrated the power of community engagement and the true value of SuDS to residents as a public amenity. Congratulations to the Prince’s Foundation and the University of Northampton for hosting an event which put the local people at the heart of the SuDS experience.  With everything from […]