The Environment Agency has updated flood defence plans in readiness for increased extreme weather and set out obligations for water companies to make assets resilient over the next asset management period.
January will mark two years since sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS) became mandatory in Wales - a move which could soon follow in England. Welsh Water’s director of wastewater Steve Wilson tells Utility Week that during that time SuDS have vastly reduced the use of combined sewer overflows (CSOs), increased biodiversity and saved hundreds of properties from flooding.
Advice on sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) should be ‘prominent, clear and unequivocal’ according to a review of surface water and flooding by Defra, which calls for SuDS requirements in force in Wales to be extended into England
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