Surface water management

Surface water management is helping us to Make Rain Happy. Water threads its way through all of the challenges and opportunities faced across the East of England. Of all the natural assets we need to harness, it is the most important.

With climate change making heavy downpours and the risk of flooding more likely, Anglian Water is looking at sustainable ways to manage the rain where it lands. Such an approach to managing surface water is needed to ensure our region is resilient enough to deal with this.

By using things called Sustainable Drainage Systems, also known as SuDS, we, and our customers, can help reduce and slow the rainwater entering our sewers. Swales, basins, ponds, water butts and rain gardens are just some of the solutions available to help us slow the flow and retain more rain.


These solutions offer a low-tech and inexpensive way to manage surface water. Retaining water in the environment is better for our sewers and better for nature. Plants help filter and clean the surface water naturally, before it is restored to the rivers and watercourses.


The things we want to see; new jobs and homes, a beautiful environment and a thriving economy driven by research and enterprise; all require resilient infrastructure and excellent surface water management. And these go to the heart of our ethos that we should manage surface water in the most sustainable way that will best serve our customers.


Of course, this is a multifaceted, multi-stakeholder issue, so we will continue to work with our partners to deliver ever more effective surface water management.


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