SuDS Techniques - Source Control


Soakaways are a simple way of dispersing surface and storm water into the ground. The basic principle is that of a ‘reverse well’ i.e. a ‘hole-in-the-ground’ that loses water rather than collecting water. There are a number of options to choose from when constructing a soakaway. Many older ones are little more than a hole in the ground filled with old bricks, clinker or gravel, but, such a structure has a severely reduced storage capacity and modern soakaways are, usually, empty chambers of one form or another.

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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