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Why is Living with Water important?

“10 years after the 2007 floods there has been a great deal of progress on flood resilience in Hull, but climate change means the goal posts are constantly moving and we need to think differently about how we approach the challenge. We cannot continue to simply build bigger and bigger sewers, we need to look at more sustainable solutions.

The history of Hull & Haltemprice is tied to the opportunities for connectivity and trade offered by the water environment, but over the years the city has moved away from those roots. We want to work with communities to rediscover the city’s relationship with water and shape a successful, sustainable city that is ready for the future”

Nevil Muncaster, Director of Asset Management for Yorkshire Water

What does Living with Water mean?

Who will benefit?

Living with Water means taking a fresh approach to addressing flood risk by making use of more sustainable solutions that work in harmony with the environment and which also provide wider benefits to the local community and economy, including access to green space, improved air quality and biodiversity benefits.

How will Living with Water be achieved?

Significant progress has already been made since the 2007 floods. Thousands of properties now have a reduced flood risk through the completion of major schemes such as the Bransholme Pumping Station, the Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme and the Albert & William Wright Dock flood defences.  Many residents have also benefited from improvements to their local green spaces through the aquagreen projects across Hull and Haltemprice.  

There is so much more that can be done to build a resilient Hull and Haltemprice: Living with Water and everyone has a part to play

Strong leadership and vision
Engaged, prosperous communities
New partnerships & delivery mechanisms
World-class jobs & skills in energy & water
Facilitating behaviour change

World-leading water-resilient development
New design codes and incentives
Buildings retrofit for water & energy
Extensive public housing retrofit
Use of digital innovation and Big Data

Create a strategic blue-green grid
Extensive city-wide landscape retrofit
Manage surface water within landscape
Create productive energy-water landscape
Improve connectivity and public realm

Separate surface water system
Manage water at or near to the surface
Create an energy-neutral water system
Encourage decentralised systems
Utilise smart network management

Strengthen coastal and fluvial defences
Maintain strategic land drainage
Minimise surface water to main rivers
Design in resilience measures
Integrate high quality public realm