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I read with interest your article (NCE 21 March) on Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).

For your information, a working party has been established to encourage SUDS in Wales.

This group includes representatives from Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Environment Agency, departments of the Welsh Assembly, Welsh Local Government Association, House Builders Federation in Wales and the Welsh Development Agency. Other bodies will be kept informed.

The working party aims to work in partnership to promote the use of SUDS, to protect the environment, to agree responsibilities for design, implementation, ownership and approval, to influence legislation, and to promote the use of the treatment train concept It will also encourage re-use of water, monitor the performance of SUDS, provide a source of expertise and educate stakeholders and the public.

It is clear that planning considerations and adoption are are two major stumbling blocks in the way of more widespread adoption of SUDS in the UK. Much has been learned in Scotland on the matter of adoption and it is hoped that these lessons are learned nationally.

The working party is keen to include representatives of Welsh planning authorities as they are the key to the implementation of SUDS. We would be pleased to hear from any interested in joining us.

We are also hoping to establish a database of SUDS sites in Wales, similar to that set up in Scotland, and we would be pleased to have details, including photographs, of any sites operating, under construction or planned in Wales.

Roger Noden, acting chairman, SUDS working party for Wales, Hyder Consulting, Cardiff.

roger. noden@hyder-con.co.uk

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