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Drainage engineers face work barriers

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Ninety nine per cent of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) engineers face multiple barriers to their work, according to new research by the ICE’s sustainable drainage task force.

The survey said the biggest barrier is ownership of SuDS, according to 69% of respondents.  Problems getting SuDS adopted affect 66% and a lack of understanding by decision makers affected 55%. 

SuDS professionals also face difficulties in finding examples of best practice and other relevant information. More than half – 52% – said that there are too few UK examples of best practice, while 45% said that information is too disparate and difficult to find. 

Most survey respondents are seeking more resources to help them, with 65% saying that they would find case studies of good practice valuable. Fifty six per cent said they wanted a route map that draws together the most current available documentation.

David Smoker, chair of the ICE SuDS task group chair and business development director of drainage products maker Aco said: “Our findings support the recent report from the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management which says that major institutional obstacles to the implementation of sustainable drainage are putting homes at increased risk of flooding. Sustainable drainage professionals need increased support from wider industry and decision makers to do their jobs effectively and prevent damage and disruption to communities around the country.

“The findings from the government’s SuDS planning review are due to be published later this year and we look forward to the report.”

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