Man's influence on the hydrological cycle creates many urban runoff problems and engineering solutions are required to control the unwanted effects of development. Stormwater runoff carries a significant pollution load including road grit, soil from construction work, de-icing materials, hydrocarbons and occasional spillages from vehicles. This, combined with recent significant changes in rainfall patterns of increased frequency, magnitude and duration of storm events, poses a serious environmental and economic threat from localised flooding.
Sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) are designed to reduce the potential of flooding on new and existing urban developments. Unlike traditional urban stormwater drainage systems, they also help to protect and enhance ground water quality. The interactions between local developments, sub catchment drainage and natural watercourses are complex and must be considered as a whole in order to coordinate and maximise the benefit of any measures to control runoff whilst at the same time achieving environmentally acceptable solutions.
Conder has a range of products which are used as part of the SUDS scheme designs. Oil water separators with integral silt storage capacity (also available with heavy metal reduction), single and linked attenuation storage tanks with flow regulation, silt traps, pumped attenuation tanks and rainwater harvesting systems can all be used to form a part of, or the complete, SUDS solution.
For more information or assistance on our SUDS range of products please contact one of our team.