Nobody wants to be flooded. But our towns and cities are increasingly at risk. So Severn Trent is turning to nature to lend a helping hand.
In Mansfield, your local water supplier is investing £76 million to alleviate flooding for up to 90,000 residents. And at the same time, they are making their surroundings lusher and greener.
So say hello to SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Solutions). SuDS include things like rain gardens, planters, ditches, even water-absorbent paving. They mimic natural drainage processes, dealing with rainfall close to where it falls.
The project – the largest the UK has seen so far – will see Severn Trent installing 15,000 SuDS across the town. Here’s what they are planning for the Market Street and Court House area to look like.
So it’s not just about preventing floods, it’s also a way to make our towns better places to live. Good for residents, good for visitors, good for businesses too!