Water company Scottish Water has announced that from the end of this month, it will take on shared responsibility for some public sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS).
This will allow road drainage to be connected up with public sewers to reduce flood risk during heavy rainfall.
SUDS attenuate or soak up rainwater which has fallen onto hard surfaces such as roofs and paved or concreted areas, so less rainwater enters the sewerage network.
Consequently, less water needs to be treated - ensuring that the water treatment works are not inundated during heavy rainfall when untreated water would previously have entered water courses.
Scottish water will work with developers and local authorities to integrate SUDS and surface run off.
The announcement was made ahead of "Sewers for Scotland" being published which is a guide for developers and consultants to understand the technical aspects of SUDS.