The rapid growth of urban areas, alongside increasingly extreme rainfall levels, emphasises the importance of implementing strategies to effectively control urban storm water runoff.

The urgency of this issue means that the construction sector must rethink common design elements and consider retrofit and building projects from a moral perspective, actively opting for greener, longer lasting, effective and sustainable solutions.

In 2017, The Water Framework Directive identified that only 17% of water bodies in England achieve ‘good ecological status’. The default objective under WFD is to aim for 100% of water bodies to be at good status. This highlights that the amenity, biodiversity, quantity, and quality of solutions are now major factors to consider when specifying water management solutions. Therefore, solutions that only meet the traditional focuses of functionality, efficiency, and easy maintenance, are no longer enough.

Sustainable drainage systems are valuable tools in achieving compliance with the Water Framework Directive objectives, promoting sustainable water use, reducing pollution, and contributing to the mitigation of floods and droughts. Nevertheless, many regions only implement Sustainable Drainage Systems as construction guidance rather than a legal requirement, making them a less widely adopted solution in comparison to traditional systems.

The proven benefits of Sustainable Drainage Systems are endless in achieving environmental project goals. Yet, many developers are still cautious towards committing to a solution that protects our planet and repairs the natural water cycle rather than just providing a preventative solution. For real change to happen, the specification of drainage solutions should be considered as a moral standpoint in which organisations must choose between continuing to burry ‘pointless plastic’ and negatively impacting the planet or utilising natural, effective solutions. Better yet, as an industry we need work towards making sustainable solutions a legal requirement globally, rather than a suggested alternative.

Hydrorock natural aquifer blocks have the void ratio of creates, but the flexibility of gravel. Making them an efficient alternative that is more cost-effective, longer lasting, safer and greener than traditional solutions without sacrificing the biodiversity of the surrounding environment. Ultimately, Hydrorock provides the opportunity to change the way we manage surface water worldwide.

In a world that has green solutions available such as Hydrorock, continuing to choose solutions that harm a planet that is desperate for change is simply no longer an option.

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