25th January 2022
Living With Water has received £23m in funding towards its Blue-Green Vision – which will look at ways to tackle surface water flooding in parts of Hull and East Yorkshire.
This project involves installing a range of sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS) in communities in Hull and East Yorkshire to reduce the likelihood of flooding in the future. SuDS aim to mimic natural drainage by slowing and capturing the water flow and holding excess water during a heavy rainfall event.
As well as managing flood risk, SuDS may also help reduce pollution and enhance biodiversity. Examples of these systems can include water butts, rain gardens, detention basins or swales, and green roofs.
Living With Water has started surveying sites across Hull and the East Riding to determine if, and where, SuDS can be installed.
This involves talking to residents, researching community views, using drones to survey the area, and carrying out investigations into the surface water drainage network and downpipes at properties in the area.
A calendar of events has also been organised across Orchard Park, where surveys are currently underway, to hear from the community on their views for the project. This includes drop-in sessions at venues including the Orchard Centre & Café, The Parks Children’s Centre and St Mike’s Youth Centre. Surveys are due to take place in Bilton and Longhill in summer 2022.
Lee Pitcher, General Manager at Living with Water, said:
“Our Blue-Green Vision is all about finding different ways to direct surface water away from drains and into more sustainable systems, which will not only help to alleviate the risk of flooding, but can also benefit the environment around us.
“We’re currently looking into what kind of SuDS will work best in Orchard Park. Measures such as rain gardens and wet woodlands not only offer flood protection, but also help promote biodiversity and improve the natural environment.
“Please let us know your views on what would work best in the place where you live, either by attending one of our in-person events or contacting us via email.”