09 October 2019
Surface water flooding threatens more people and properties in the UK than any other form of flood risk. With warnings that winter rainfall could increase by 35%, coupled with an increased likelihood of summer storms, it is essential to ensure that our infrastructure is resilient to, and can cope with, increased volumes of surface water.
In 2018 Defra launched a Surface Water Management Action Plan to improve the way we understand and manage risk at a local and national level, in cities and rural areas. From building and upgrading resilient homes and infrastructure to enhancing collaboration and capacity across sectors, there is considerable work to be done to protect current and future generations from the risk of surface water flooding. The mainstreaming of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDs) and development of Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans (DWMPs) are part of the solution, but what can we learn from innovative approaches adopted by cities around the world? How can we work together across sectors to ensure that flood risk is managed effectively wherever you live?
This event brings together a diverse range of speakers to share the latest developments and innovations in surface water management.
Rainfall in urban areas can have serious consequences. As weather patterns become more extreme it is increasingly important for cities around the world to have effective surface water management systems and strategies in place. What can we learn from cities leading the way in responding to flood risk and preparing for the future?
Implementing national strategies
Pressure is building to deliver effective and consistent surface water management as we seek to balance development needs with adapting to climate change and protecting the environment. With a new Environment Agency strategy and Defra policy statement imminent, what are the challenges and opportunities? What impact does national policy have on local authorities tasked with developing sustainable planning strategies?
Mainstreaming Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDs)
SuDS manage water at the surface where possible, reducing load on sewer and drainage networks. At the same time, they can deliver a range of wider benefits to improve water quality, biodiversity and amenity at lower cost. So why, decades after they were first developed, are we still struggling to mainstream SuDS?
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