Why You Need A Surface Water Drainage System
Surface water drainage systems provide a natural approach to managing surface water to help lower your sewerage bill and reduce the risk of flooding.
If surface water drains from your property into a public sewer, then the sewerage company will remove and process the water and charge you accordingly for the service.
During heavy rainfall our sewers can become overloaded, resulting in flooding becoming more common over recent years. To counteract the problem, the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 has restricted developers’ rights to connect new builds to public sewers and instead encourages the use of sustainable drainage systems.
How does it work?
Drainage systems come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, to suit different property types and environments. All sustainable surface water drainage systems generally work by slowing the flow of surface water running off a property, storing water, and using natural processes to filter the water and break down pollutants before releasing it back into the ground or a natural water source.
Why use a surface water drainage system?
Benefits of using a surface water drainage system include:
- Lower your bills – drain away surface water yourself to avoid extra charges from your local sewerage company.
- Reduces risk of flooding – public sewers are overloaded and at risk of flooding during heavy rain. Sustainable drainage solutions are very important to tackling flooding, particularly in vulnerable areas.
- Reduces your carbon footprint – less water being directed into the public sewers means less processing and so less energy used.
- Replenishes ground water – allows you to use surface water as a resource rather than disposing of it as waste.
Here at OMDI we are specialists at building a variety of surface water drainage systems including soakaways, drainage fields and surface water crates with attenuation tanks. Give our specialists a call on 01977 800 418 to receive advice and guidance on the type of system most suited to your individual requirements.