SUDS

One Small Step…

27 Jun 2016

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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 National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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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.

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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

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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

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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 National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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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.

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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 National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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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.

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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 National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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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 […]

Ricoh SuDS Retrofit Project Update

8 Jul 2014

Written By: David Schofield Associate Director, Hydro Consultancy

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Improving Surface Water Quality & Pollution Containment Having been fortunate and privileged to twice visit the United States of America on UK sustainable drainage (SuDS) technical missions (2006 and 2011), it’s clear that their 1972 Clean Water Act had a profound impact on the way surface water is managed in many parts of that vast […]

Blue Roofs – turning urban water on its head.

20 Jun 2014

Written By: Phil Collins National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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

7 Oct 2013

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

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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 National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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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.

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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 […]

What does the future of SuDS hold?

8 Jul 2013

Written By: Owen Davies Sustainability Engineer, Lambeth Council

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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

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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 […]

SuDS, WSUD and Blue/Green Infrastructure – What’s the difference?

14 Jun 2013

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

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Across the globe approaches to sustainable water management are getting more sophisticated as we recognise just how closely intertwined our urban lives are with the water cycle. Historically, we separated out the way we think about water:  waste water; drinking water; stormwater; rivers and coastal waters – we have compartmentalised, industrialised and managed each separately. […]

SuDS a Vision for the Future

6 Feb 2013

Written By: Alastair Moseley Honorary Vice President, CIWEM

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SuDS: The State of the Nation is a much-needed initiative to highlight current thinking and concerns about the implementation of Sustainable Drainage.  I was pleased to chair a Round Table debate on the current up-take of SuDS and the challenges we face in managing both floods and water stress in the UK. SuDS is not just […]

We Need Leadership to Make SuDS Happen

5 Feb 2013

Written By: Sue Illman Managing Director, Illman Young

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Participating in the Engineering Nature’s Way ‘State of the Nation Debate’ recently was in retrospect both useful and encouraging, but equally frustrating. Encouraging to find a commonality of views regarding the need for integrated water management and the implementation of SuDS across a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, and frustrating that there is no […]

Delivering Sustainable Drainage – Let’s Get Practical

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

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We all want to achieve our goal of widespread use of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) as quickly as possible – to get there, I believe, requires us to combine our vision with some healthy pragmatism. The House of Commons environmental select committee (EFRA) have reinforced the need for urgency in implementing SuDS measures in its […]

SuDS, It can’t be done because …

4 Feb 2013

Written By: Owen Davies Sustainability Engineer, Lambeth Council

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Since I have entered the world of SuDS I have heard the same expression on numerous occasions whether it is a discussion over a couple of beers with colleagues, or in meetings with designers, or negotiating S38 agreements with developers. I listen to snippets of conversations or am told of conversations that at times are […]