Surface Water Flooding

The UK Government continue to look to reduce surface water flooding. Surface water occurs when rainfall does not soak into the ground but instead rapidly flows into the sewer system. This can lead to flooding. The worse effects are often in build up areas where much of the ground is covered with non-porous materials such as concrete.

Approximately 2.8 million people in England and Wales are at risk from surface water flooding.

The Government are planning to increase the use of sustainable drainage systems (most commonly known as SuDS) to reduce surface water flooding. Sustainable drainage systems help by slowing the rate at which areas flood and by reducing the amount of surface water entering sewers.

Examples of sustainable drainage systems include:

  • Using surfaces such as gravel or permeable (porous) paving blocks to allow water to soak into the ground
  • Using Basin or ponds t o reduce the amount of water that flows away

The Government were seeking views on proposals to increase the number of sustainable drainage systems in England.

Any future developments or changes proposed by the Government that we receive we will endeavour to keep you updated.