Optimising regional sustainable drainage systems pond performance using treatment trains

Nicolas Bastien, Scott Arthur, Stephen Wallis, Miklas Scholz

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    The use of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) or best management practice (BMP) is becoming increasingly common However, rather than adopting the preferred "treatment train" implementation, many developments opt for end-of-pipe control ponds This paper discusses the use of SuDS in series to form treatment trains and compares their potential performance and effectiveness with end-of-pipe solutions. Land use, site and catchment characteristics have been used alongside up-to-date guidance, Infoworks CS and the model for urban stormwater improvement conceptualisation to determine whole-life-costs, land take, water quality and water quantity for different SuDS combinations The results presented show that the use of a treatment train allows approaches differing from the traditional use of single SuDS, either source or "end-of-pipe", to be proposed to treat and attenuate runoff This outcome provides a more flexible solution where the footprint allocated to SuDS, costs and water quality can be managed differently to more comprehensively meet stakeholder objectives

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)211
    Number of pages10
    JournalDesalination and Water Treatment
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


    • Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), Treatment train
    • Best management practice (BMP), Swale, Pond
    • Green roof, Permeable paving, Runoff quality
    • SUDS
    • RUNOFF


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