In 2020 the Met Office published new research highlighting that there is now a 1 in 3 chance of a new monthly rainfall record in at least one region of England and Wales each winter. With climate change increasing the likelihood of more frequent and intense weather conditions the natural water cycle is being put into overdrive. Therefore, it is now crucial that we address the broken water cycle to mitigate the risk of urban flooding.
Modern-day construction has contributed to the broken water cycle by reducing permeable surfaces. When water is unable to soak into the ground, it can pool in large quantities, leading to urban flooding. Therefore, sustainable drainage systems that can replicate the natural water cycle must be installed in urban areas to resolve this problem.
In 2020, the UK government spent £2.6 billion on flood defences, however, it has been predicted that this investment will increase to £5.2 billion by 2026 to manage the impacts of climate change. This funding must be put towards genuinely sustainable solutions to have the required effects of minimising both climate change and flood levels. A study by PNAS evidenced that if action is not taken and emissions remain at a high level, we will see warming of 3.5 to 4.8 degrees Celsius by the 2080s, potentially exposing an additional 400,000 people in Europe to flooding. Hydrorock natural aquifer blocks offer an environmentally friendly, effective and sustainable surface water management solution – ultimately fixing the broken water cycle and alleviating the threat of flooding caused by climate change.
At Hydrorock we are motivated by the emerging research and the shift towards doing more to protect our planet. With the adoption of new technologies starting to increase we believe that through collaboration we can achieve a sustainable future globally.