ACO’s Martin Fairley presents at the SBWWI Seminar

ACOs Research Director Martin Fairley was delighted to give a presentation at last week’s SBWWI event at Stareton Hall, Stoneleigh Park.

The event, chaired by Alastair Moseley of J Murphy and Sons, Past President of CIWEM was the latest in a series of informative seminars run by the Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries to highlight the importance of SuDS in achieving an integrated approach to urban water management.

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Martin was one of the panellists amongst a prestigious group of experts from a variety of fields, including Government, Water Companies, Local Authorities, Academia, Consultants, and SuDS suppliers, all giving presentations within their scope of expertise. His speech highlighted both the challenges and opportunities faced by commercial urban sites. View this presentation here.

The conference was key in highlighting how effective SuDS can be in providing solutions to flooding for water companies, their importance in whole catchment planning for local water management, and their potential for use as a local source of water for non-potable use to combat water scarcity in at-risk areas of the UK.

The timing of this conference is highly significant seeing as the debate around the inactivity in making SuDS the ‘norm’ in urban surface water management is at long last gathering pace. We hope more conferences like these will help raise visibility around SuDS and encourage its implementation in urban drainage and water management planning.