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Sustainable urban drainage systems SUDS

Updated: Apr 6


Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), have always ranked high on the global agenda due to their sustainable development potential focusing on the management of surface water drainage in urban environments through monitoring water quantity and quality, as well as concentrating on the perceived recreational amenities associated with SUDS. This provides an alternative to traditional drainage systems which could be perceived as wasteful, due to fresh water being labelled by some as a finite resource. Indeed, some suggest we’re currently amid a water crisis. SUDS deal with the precipitation at the area of rainfall imitating natural ground drainage where naturally, water might be absorbed into the soil. The population increase in built up areas has resulted in soft permeable landscapes progressively turning into hard landscapes, as the spread of urbanisation increases. This inevitably causes more surface run off and less absorption SUDS may transport surface water, attenuate run off, and store water for later use. Thus, negating the flaws in concrete jungles.


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