Environmental caution is an attitude must adopt if we want to achieve the challenging climate change targets set by the government. At a time where climate change is reaching a peak, actions have to be taken.

Here at Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), we have taken measures to make a positive impact and to become more conscious of the environment within the industry. We implement a ‘Rain to Drain’ philosophy built around the belief that surface water from both roof and ground level is a valuable natural resource and should be properly managed.

Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) is the overall term for ways to manage rainfall in a way that is as close to the natural water cycle as possible. The systems we have developed align modern drainage systems with natural water processes, to be able to do this most effectively.[1]

By working towards SuDS goals in the design of AWMS systems, architects and building owners are better able to respect the surrounding environment, and create better, healthier places for people to live, work and relax.

SuDS efforts make urban drainage systems more compatible with components of the natural water cycle, such as storm surge overflows and periods of drought —so it makes sense that SuDS measures make use of the landscape and natural vegetation surrounding the building project, to control the volume and flow of surface water.

AWMS are a supporter of Susdrain, the UK’s foremost authority and resource on Sustainable Drainage Systems and are therefore focused on demonstrating the value and benefit of high-quality SuDS to encourage SuDS delivery throughout the industry.

AWMS have a range of products that actively implement SuDS, including flow controls on the Slotdrain high capacity surface drainage system and Harmer BluRoof outlets that restrict the flow / discharge of water from a roof into the sewer system.

This Alumasc BluRoof system is designed to alleviate flood risk by reducing and controlling the peak rate of discharge, in compliance with design requirements. It also facilitates the retention of stormwater up to a prescribed maximum hydraulic head, for controlled discharge over an elongated period.

Some projects have even seen this water stored and used for applications within the building such as air conditioning and toilets, saving on water pulled from the mains.

Will you implement SuDS on your project?

[1] https://www.ciria.org/default.aspx