The best management of SuDS treatment trains: A holistic approach

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 MUSIC 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. The outcome is a more flexible solution where the footprint allocated to SuDS, costs and water quality can be managed differently to satisfy more efficiently the holistically stakeholders' objectives. © IWA Publishing 2010.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)263-272
    Number of pages10
    JournalWater Science and Technology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • BMP
    • Green roof
    • Permeable paving
    • Pond
    • Runoff quality
    • SuDS
    • Swale
    • Treatment train


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