CPSA members help provide Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

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Sustainable Urban Drainage System

CPSA members offer numerous components suitable for use within a sustainable urban drainage system. On the CPSA website they are listed in a table indicating their functions within the appropriate Management Train. If you’re looking for specific product information contact the CPSA. Useful Sustainable Urban Drainage System information: Susdrain – SuDS community CIRIA – The SuDS… Read more »

What is in the SuDS toolbox?

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In 2015 the planning regulations in England and Wales were amended to ‘expect’ Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) to be included in all new housing developments of 10 or more homes. SuDS is about dealing with rain where it falls, this is in contrast to conventional drainage solutions which carry run-off from a development to… Read more »

SuDS! Latest Issue of ‘Pipelines’ online now

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The latest issue of Pipelines, CPSAs eNewsletter focuses on sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). It contains an excellent case study at Susdrain.org where a residential development in Leicestershire used a combination of soft landscaped SuDS features and precast concrete SuDS components. Also featured is information on latest SuDS technical guidance and standards in England and Wales… Read more »

The Impact of Totex on SuDS

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Peter Martin, Technical Director at Black & Veatch recently produced a blog on the Susdrain website  ‘How might SuDS look in the water industry’s (brave) new world’.  I would like to pick up on Peter’s point 3 on Totex in his blog. Peter has stated how water company costs are now measured on a total… Read more »

Some pros and cons of the Government’s new SuDS legislation

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In November I wrote about industry concerns with the Government’s proposed approach to implementing sustainable drainage systems. In December the Government took the path of least resistance and announced that sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are to be introduced to England and Wales through existing planning policy. In the long-awaited announcement, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles explained… Read more »

New SuDS consultation – for better or worse?

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On 12 September 2014, Defra and DCLG launched a joint consultation document, which set out a possible approach for implementing sustainable drainage systems and mechanisms for ensuring their long term maintenance. There are some important differences between the proposed new approach and the previous direction that the industry was heading. The proposed new approach may… Read more »

Sustainable Drainage: Why, what and how?

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In the past year extreme weather events have led to devastating flash floods and the occurrence of current global climate change has caused previously rare environmental issues in the UK. As urban areas become increasingly developed, continued water management is a necessity. Although these urban drainage systems are complex networks it is possible for sustainable… Read more »

Surface Water Flooding: has the SuDS debate become “over-greened”?

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Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) have been evolving for at least two decades as a science.  Meanwhile, over the last 4-5 years the development of government policy into a set of workable strategies and standards seems to be repeatedly hitting the buffers. One key sticking point is a belief, upheld by many SuDS protagonists, that the… Read more »