American Society of Civil Engineers

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems: A UK Perspective

by Robert Y. G. Andoh, (Professor, Group Technical Director, Hydro International plc, Shearwater House, Clevedon Hall Estate, Victoria Road, Clevedon, BS21 7RD, United Kingdom) and Kenneth O. Iwugo, (Professor, Academic and Professional Practice Advisor, CIWEM/PCPD, Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol, Queens Building, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TR, United Kingdom)
Section: Best Management Practices, pp. 1-16, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Global Solutions for Urban Drainage
Abstract: There have been a number of initiatives and projects involving Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) in the United Kingdom. These have included several design manuals, demonstration projects and associated guidance manuals by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) and similar best practices guidance manuals by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Environment Agency (EA) in England and Wales. Uncertainty about long-term maintenance and other operational factors have retarded the widespread adoption of SUDS but environmental regulators and many local authorities and developers are keen to implement this approach in addition to traditional urban drainage systems. The paper reviews the current applications of SUDS in the UK by outlining their historical development, some notable case studies and current approaches on the use of SUDS in Scotland, England, and Wales.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Drainage systems
United Kingdom
Sustainable development