Anglian Water are campaigning for building developers and commercial businesses to focus on sustainable urban drainage. They want them to include features like permeable pavements in their projects. These help to reduce surface water getting into the sewers.
More traditional gardens are changing with more paved and decked areas being installed/built. Back gardens are also reducing in size with new extensions and conservatories which may then be connected into surface water drains.
With a reduction in grassed areas, rainwater has nowhere to go which increases the amount of surface run-off and the speed at which it goes into to the sewer which can then cause flooding. We all like to make a difference, and one of the easiest ways is to think about how you manage your surface water.
By using sustainable drainage methods at home, you can reduce the risk of surface water flooding. You can do this by having a rain garden.
A rain garden can be a natural or artificial dip in the garden that is filled with soil and plants. This helps when surface water is channelled to the rain garden where it can be absorbed by the plants and drains in the ground.
Using permeable paving in your patio and driveway projects.
Please ask us about permeable paving and rain gardens for your next project.