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Sustainable Urban Drainage

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) can be used in all types of development and provide a natural approach to managing drainage.

SUDS use natural, low energy methods to clean and release water back into the environment.  SUDS prevent water pollution and flooding in urban areas, and also create green spaces and habitat for wildlife in towns and cities. Reed beds are one example of cleaning water and providing a valuable habitat, using minimum energy and no toxic chemicals. SUDS are a legal requirement for all new developments, except for surface water drainage from single dwellings and developments that drain to coastal waters.

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