Government Confirms Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
After much anticipation, The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have published a new report detailing their plans for the future of sustainable drainage systems, by implementing Schedule 3 of the Flood Act.
You can read the full report by clicking here.
The report outlines recommendations that will make sustainable drainage systems mandatory in new developments in England.
Firstly, the report suggests that by driving contractors and developers to manage rainwater locally in all newly constructed buildings will help to reduce new connections to existing drainage networks.
Furthermore, the report also proposes that rainwater reuse should be a first consideration. Rainwater Harvesting Systems are proven to reduce pressures on existing drainage networks by capturing, storing and reusing rainwater run-off from roof areas.
It’s no secret that new developments without effective sustainable drainage systems, can increase localised flood risks. So, systems such as rainwater harvesting will need to be considered if we are to manage our supplies more effectively.
These approaches aim to alleviate these flood risks as well as reduce pressures on existing, ageing drainage systems.