The ICE has joined forces with pipes manufacturer Wavin to help sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) professionals find new and creative ways to manage surface water flooding.
They brought together water and sewerage companies, local authorities, designers and developers to brainstorm solutions.
The results were presented at the Wavin-sponsored ICE Water Refill Station at the Futurebuild conference in March 2019.
The search for new solutions comes as the government prepares to publish Sewers for Adoption 8 guidance which is expected to come into effect later this year. The guidance includes the standards that sewers must meet if they are to be adopted by water and sewerage companies in England.
ICE and Wavin will also establish a dedicated SuDS community, providing a forum for collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Activities will include round tables, webinars and industry research.
ICE engineering knowledge director Nathan Baker said: “Civil engineers play a vital role in managing our precious water resources, so the ICE is committed to providing the knowledge they need to tackle the challenges they face.
By partnering with Wavin on SuDS, we are supporting professionals in a key area of responsible water resource management, which is vital for a sustainable future.”
Wavin product manager – stormwater Martin Lambley said: “We have chosen to partner with the ICE because engineers find solutions to the big issues – from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to the young graduates who worked with us on innovative products as part of the ‘Future of Drainage’ campaign.
“They are the problem solvers we need to help develop solutions to the problems that the UK and the world faces around managing stormwater.”
Wavin will also be the headline sponsor of ICE’s forthcoming exhibition on water engineering, which opens to the public on 22 March, World Water Day.
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