Tag Archives: Sustainable Drainage systems

Company profile | Aco’s sustainable staying power


Aco’s holistic approach to water management is proving increasingly valuable as an antidote to climate change and Britain’s diminishing biodiversity. 

Management of surface water is the specialty of the Aco Group, widely acknowledged as being among the world’s top suppliers of storm water control and sustainable drainage systems.  Extensive investment in…

Watch: Driving innovation to improve surface water management


 This video was first aired at NCE’s Future of Roads conference. Polypipe key account manager James Haddon speaks to NCE editor Claire Smith about the role the roads sector can play in contributing to reducing contamination. The discussion explores how roads can become more climate resilient and more responsive to…

Now is the time to actively promote sustainable drainage design


As a designer of drainage schemes and as a zero pollution ambassador for not-for-profit organisation Stormwater Shepherds, I have undertaken a personal journey into how drainage design and sustainability is approached.

This involves influencing surface water run-off quantities, as well as many other elements that can often be overlooked when…

Future of Stormwater | Natural flood prevention along the River Soar


Managing floodwater does not always call for heavy civil engineering solutions – sometimes mimicking nature can be a better approach. 

Planning flood prevention schemes usually takes years, requires major construction work and results in lots of concrete and steel, right? Well, not always – it can involve natural materials, be completed…

Sustainable drainage championed in Water UK guide

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It may be preferable if surface water falling on hard surfaces is left to infiltrate into the ground rather than flowing into a piped sewer system, a manual published by Water UK has claimed.

The work to develop the manual was led by a group chaired by professor David Balmforth and…

Current sustainable drainage implementation ‘failing’

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Local government’s progress in implementing Sustainable Drainage systems has been criticised in a report highlighting “underlying failures within the current system.”  

In its report “The effectiveness of SuDS delivery” Landscaping experts Illman Young has highlighted what it believes to be the shortcomings in Lead Local Flood Authorities implementation of Sustainable Drainage systems (SuDS).  SuDS are a way of ensuring that surface water run off from built…