A natural water system is a finely balanced thing, relying on wetlands, ponds, trees and plants to slow down the journey of water into rivers to create a healthy home where people and wildlife can flourish. So what happens when we pave over these green areas? Water is no longer absorbed by soil and vegetation, and runs quickly off hard surfaces into rivers. In storm conditions, instead of being held back as it would be in a natural system, water is delivered to rivers in one hit, which can lead to devastating flooding, pollution and damage to wildlife.
With increased flooding and water pollution becoming a huge problem in our towns and cities, it has become clear that we need to change our ways and take action for our water environment. Sustainable Drainage Schemes (SuDS) are a way of mimicking this natural balanced water system in our towns and cities, whilst also creating an attractive place for both wildlife and people to live. They include ponds, wetlands, rain gardens, green roofs and living walls, all of which reduce the amount of water reaching rivers while creating a habitat for wildlife and a beautiful place for people to visit.
We have been working with Natural Resources Wales to identify areas in Swansea where SuDS can be created for the benefit of wildlife and the local community, for example, a pond in a local school or a rain garden in a community centre. We will then work with the local community in one of these areas to create a SuDS for people and wildlife which can act as a best practise example for creating more SuDS in the City and County of Swansea. For more information on SuDS for wildlife- please read the document below.