Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) slow the water flow to reduce the flow volumes and flow rates of the water going into the drains. As well as managing flood risk, SuDS also help reduce pollutants in the water, enhance biodiversity and increase wellbeing.
The University of Hull uses Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) on its low-lying campus to monitor and manage surface water caused by rainfall. The scheme includes SuDS features, sewers, soil and groundwater and campus-wide weather data. The components range from historic features from the 1960/70s to modern rain gardens, raised planters and extensive development-level integrated SuDS management trains involving swales, basins and pervious surfaces with controlled sewer discharge.
The components manage and monitor surface water during heavy rainfall and provide amenity and biodiversity year-round. The sensors array records data every 5-15 minutes from SuDS assets, boreholes, soil and weather stations, providing a real time hydrological picture of the campus. A publicly available dashboard will share live information and communicate the benefits of SuDS to wider audiences.