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Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) provide a more sustainable approach to managing water. They aim to mimic the way water moves naturally in and around a green field site. This differs from conventional drainage systems where rainwater runs quickly off hard surfaces, straight into drains and then into rivers, often carrying pollution with it. SUDS involve a range of techniques such as green roofs, rainwater harvesting, permeable paving and landscape features such as ponds and wetlands.
SUDS provide a range of benefits over conventional drainage systems:
SUDS techniques most likely to be used in Islington include:
The council requires SUDS on all new major developments. SUDS techniques can also be incorporated into existing buildings.
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