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 [...]
How to improve sustainability, save money and underpin business resilience. In launching its latest State of the Nation: Water report in June 2012, The Institution of Civil Engineers concluded that “the challenges facing the UK’s water security are with us, are serious and require immediate attention”. While flood risk management remains high on the water [...]
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 [...]
This free seminar provides opportunities for those involved in SuDS delivery to share good practice with a particular focus on the work enthusiastically undertaken by local authorities in lieu of any National Standards for Sustainable Drainage.
Is SUDS the solution to London’s flooding problems?
Find out at this ICE London Water Panel event which is in association with AECOM.
A ONE-DAY conference focusing on best-practice in surface water treatment is being hosted by sustainable drainage specialists Hydro International, bringing together a distinguished panel of expert speakers to highlight problems and solutions for the effective delivery of surface water quality. “Surface Water Management – Implementing Quality” will be held at The National Self Build & [...]
Thirteen communities across the country will benefit from a £5 million fund to come up with innovative projects that will better protect homes and businesses from the risk of flooding, Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced today. The scheme is aimed at protecting communities where flooding is a major problem and the projects will be required [...]
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.
SuDs – Time to come clean? 21st Mar 2013 SBWWI Conference to be held at Stoneleigh Park Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems have never been as high on the water management agenda as they are now. So this SBWWI seminar is well timed to highlight the importance of SuDS in achieving an integrated approach to urban [...]
The Department of Environment and Rural Affairs has announced that more than 64,000 more homes will be better protected from flooding after 93 new flood defences were given the green light to start construction this year. With £294 million to be invested in flood risk management this year, 165,000 homes are now expected to be [...]
Local authorities preparing for new roles to oversee the compulsory use of Sustainable Drainage Schemes (SuDS) in England and Wales doubt the Government’s long-term commitment to their implementation, a new survey suggests. SuDS: The State of the Nation was commissioned for the Engineering Nature’s Way knowledge-sharing SuDS website by sustainable drainage specialists Hydro International. Of [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Increased investment in flood infrastructure and more robust, realistic planning policies must be implemented soon, warns the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) to avoid homeowners being left ‘up the creek without a paddle’. Underinvestment in the UK’s flood infrastructure is unacceptable and insurers should be proactive in investing alongside Government, said the [...]
The Institution of Civil Engineers has called for a coherent strategy to store and save rainwater, after 2012 was declared the UK’s second wettest year on record. The ICE is calling for a UK-wide Water Security Task Force to be set up to support the development of a more coherent approach to managing drought and [...]
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 [...]
Alastair Moseley, Honorary Vice President of the CIWEM and Director of H2O WEM Ltd announces the launch of a survey and round table debate on the current up-take of SuDS and the challenges we face in managing floods whilst providing water resources in areas of water stress in the UK. This year has seen the [...]
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 [...]
The widespread delivery of sustainable drainage provides a great opportunity to improve the quality of our places, respond to flooding, environmental challenges and associated legislation as well as more efficiently adapt to future change. On 1st October 2012 CIRIA launched susdrain, an exciting new community that provides a range of resources for those involved in [...]
When the news quietly trickled through, local authority SuDS approving teams could not have been surprised to learn that they will not be commencing their new roles in April 2013. A further delay had come to seem inevitable. The question is, what should the preparing SABs do now? Those who are farthest ahead could follow [...]
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 [...]
Scotland’s largest traffic management and highways maintenance event. 7th and 8th November 2012 Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh Road Expo Scotland is the ultimate destination north of the border for road professionals looking to source the latest products and services and understand the implications of legislative changes. Further information and free registration can be found here:
4th – 5th December 2012 Dexter House, London The risks and challenges of managing flood risks and protecting property have never been more important and close to the minds of Local Authorities and engineers following recent flooding in June. Further information and registration details can be found here.
There’s no doubt that we are making tremendous steps forward on the road to widespread use of SuDS in the UK, but there is still a long road ahead. That’s why sharing knowledge and best practice is so important. Since its launch in May 2012, there have been nearly 20,000 visits to the Engineering Nature’s [...]
Highway degradation and surface water pollution in an environmentally sensitive area of the Scottish Cairngorms Mountains 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 [...]