What are SuDS? Everything you need to know about sustainable drainage systems

A river in front of a countryside cottage with a bridge in the foreground
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Sustainable drainage systems, often shortened to SuDs, is a term for a set of environmentally-friendly techniques that are designed to help manage and control surface water runoff, particularly in urban areas. They do not apply to foul water drainage.

Heavy downpours are becoming more common in the UK and as a result it is prudent for homeowners to be taking steps to protect their properties from flooding. Between 2009 and 2018 there was an average 5% more rain than between 1961-1990, according to the Met Office, showing just how much of a priority this is increasingly becoming.

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