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What are sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)?

SuDS are a type of drainage designed to manage surface water runoff, typically from new developments, in a more sustainable, natural way than by conventional drainage such as pipes and tanks.

What are the benefits of SuDS?

  • They reduce the risk of flooding by slowing down surface water-run off and providing storage
  • They reduce surface water pollution by treating runoff through natural processes.
  • They provide natural habitats for wildlife
  • They provide areas of amenity

Examples of SuDS

There are many forms of SuDS including: