South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

Happy World Water Day!

The theme of World Water Day in 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – and it’s designed to help us all explore how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

One of the water challenges we face here in Sutton is surface water flooding. The SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project plans to install sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in seven local schools and at Sutton Council’s offices on Denmark Road. SuDS mimic nature by attenuating rainwater on site, allowing it to either infiltrate into the ground or be released slowly and safely into the drainage network. Not only can this help solve flooding issues but it can also improve the quality of water that reaches the river.

But how can nature bring about these benefits? Watch this video to find out:


The results:

On World Water Day, it’s worth thinking about the changes we can make to help solve the water challenges we face. In an urban environment, this could mean creating SuDS features like planters, green roofs or rain gardens to absorb rainwater and filter out contaminants. If lots of people get involved in making their outdoor spaces more rainwater-friendly, we can all begin to have a real impact on our local environment.