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The SuDS triangle

Triangle with Water Quality, Water Quantity & Amenity/biodiversity at each pointThe SUDS triangle encourages us to take account of water quality, water quantity and amenity/biodiversity.

By considering all three functions we should be able to provide adequate, well designed systems that:

  • offer water quality treatment through natural processes inherent in the system,
  • encourage infiltration where appropriate and
  • attenuate peak flows
  • as well as providing habitat and function for those using the area, including the local community and wildlife.

The European Water Framework Directive requires us to manage water resources sustainably and to protect water quality. SuDS offer an integrated approach that could play a key part in delivering the Directive’s requirements.

Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales Welsh Water / Dwr Cymru Welsh Government / Llywodraeth Cymru Atkins Welsh Local Government Association Consumer Council for Water
Home Builders Federation CIWEM Institute of Civil Engineers