One of the first UK installations of the innovative new Hydro Filterra™ bioretention and biofiltration system has brought attractive landscaping and stringent stormwater quality control to a sensitive location in Barry, South Wales. Vale of Glamorgan council decided to install three Hydro Filterra™ units from Hydro International at the Business Service Centre (BSC) car park [...]
Report by Conference Chairman Bob Andoh, Chief Technology Officer, Hydro International Developing best practice approaches to removing pollutants from surface water runoff is a matter of growing interest and concern to a broad community of professionals employed in the design, development and construction of drainage schemes. If ever there was evidence of the enthusiasm and [...]
Hydro International has launched The Hydro StormTrainTM Series, a comprehensive toolbox of surface water treatment devices in anticipation of the growing need to remove silts, sediments and other pollutants from stormwater runoff. Through The Hydro StormTrainTM Series, Hydro is providing an unrivalled range of performance-verified and internationally-recognised technologies for surface water treatment to meet current [...]
SURFACE water treatment can no longer be the ‘poorer’ relation of the SuDS triangle of quality, quantity and amenity. True, there are those who believe it would be easier if we could just get on with tackling surface water flooding with SuDS, at least in the short term. But the fact is improving water quality [...]
17th April 2013, At The National Self Build & Renovation Centre, Swindon. Whether you are involved in designing, building or approving SuDS schemes, this one day conference is designed to provide practical guidance and share latest best practice for surface water treatment.
The Government has been too slow to implement changes that would protect homes and businesses from the shattering effects of flooding and needs to get on with implementing them, MPs have warned in the run-up to scrutiny of the draft Water Bill. The select committee for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) sets out the [...]
As Britain is gripped by a floods crisis, Government indecision and inertia is seriously delaying vital work to protect thousands of homes and properties in the UK. Devastating flooding could cause £millions of damage in scenes reminiscent of the 2007 floods which prompted a groundbreaking Government review by Sir Michael Pitt. Yet how much real [...]
Defra is seeking views to help develop a strategy for the management of urban diffuse water pollution in England. The consultation will run until 8 February 2013 and consultation responses are being invited on the Defra website. According to Defra, currently, 27% of water bodies in England meet the standards necessary to support viable ecosystems. Many [...]
The risk of flooding and water shortage in 2013 has increased because the Government is too slow in changing the way we manage our water, environmental leaders warn. The authors of the ‘Blueprint for Water’ report say that after two dry winters, it took Britain’s wettest ever summer to narrowly avert a serious drought. They [...]
Engineering Nature’s Way is launching SuDS: The State of the Nation, a national survey to investigate local authorities’ preparations for new SuDS approving roles and to gain insights into their vision for the use of SuDS in future. The survey follows the Government’s announcement of a further delay in the start-up of the new SuDS [...]
Highway degradation and surface water pollution in an environmentally sensitive area of the Scottish Cairngorms famous for its whisky production have been tackled with an imaginative SuDS Solution from Hydro International which has averted potential road safety problems on the A95. Poor drainage, flooding and freezing weather had led to a landslip and extreme surface [...]
“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 [...]
The Institution of Civil Engineers will host a lecture asking what critical points were missed when findings from the Pitt Review were transferred to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010? Hosted by the Inter-Institutional Flooding Group the event will take the form of a ‘Question Time’ style panel debate examining whether any critical recommendations were missed. HRH [...]
Would it be possible to use the redundant coal and lead mines for the storage of water? Here in Derbyshire there are miles of empty tunnels, and in some cases, clean water is being pumped 24/7 from below ground. Why build more water storage facilities above ground? Answer from: Alan Corner, Associate Director of [...]
As drought was followed by deluge, recent weather patterns underlined the urgency of finding sustainable means of controlling surface water flows has not diminished.Flooding exacerbated by a ground hardened through drought prevented surface water infiltrating through the soil. Climate change is leading both to longer, dryer periods and to more intense storm events, which meteorologists [...]
CIRIA is launching its much-anticipated guidance on Retrofitting to Manage Surface Water at a series of events across the UK this week. According to CIRIA, this important guidance document “promotes a different approach to managing surface water run-off to sustain communities that are pleasant and vibrant places to live in. This guidance sets out a [...]
“Of course the concentrations are high – you sampled during a period of heavy rain” thus I was told off when trying to interpret data from a survey of the Ditton brook near Liverpool in the mid 1970s. No-one talked about diffuse pollution in those days; the awareness that high flow conditions often meant higher [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
Exploring international experiences, retrofitting and water-sensitive cities.
A QUESTION of quality set the agenda for a keynote industry conference to discuss the future of urban stormwater management and surface water treatment in the UK. A speakers’ panel of highly-respected industry experts and leading academic took to the podium at the Arup Campus, Solihull on May 12, 2011 to to explore differing multi-national experiences in [...]
Prof Richard Ashley, Universities of Sheffield, Bradford, UNESCO IHE and Luleå, chaired the Stormwater Management – What About Quality? Conference, held at the Arup Campus, Solihull on 12 May 2011 and hosted by Hydro International. Here are some of the conclusions he noted during the Open Discussion session.
Keynote Presentation: Professor Tony Wong, Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Melbourne. “Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems – Ecosystems Services Beyond Flood Mitigation”
Richard Martin, Environment Agency: “Managing Surface Water Quality in the Urban Environment”
Dr Chris Digman, MWH: “Retrofitting Surface Water Management”
A copy of this presentation will be available to download shortly.
Paul Shaffer, CIRIA and Landform: “Doing Surface Water Management Differently – Multiple Benefits and Multi-disciplinary Teams”
Jeremy Jones, Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water: “Surface Water Elimination and Reduction (SWEAR) Strategy.
Phil Chatfield, Welsh Assembly Government: “Doing it Differently – Delivering a New Surface Water Management Strategy in Wales”
Sue Illman, Illman Young: “Liveable Landscapes – The Quality and Amenity No-Brainer”
Prof. Bob Crabtree, WRc: “Source Apportionment of Urban Pollution”