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SuDS aim to mimic the way water moves naturally in and around a green field site.

This process 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.

Please view the animated video developed by susdrain, which explains a digestible overview of what Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are.

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Peterborough Suds Guide

Introduction to SuDS

This guide discusses reducing flood risk, creating natural spaces for children to play, wildlife to flourish and communities to meet. How can we make our rivers and streams run smoothly and cleanly through our city? Can SuDS be the answer to water management in Peterborough?

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