Ramping nature-based solutions in North London

A North London flood resilience project has unveiled a new identity and announced plans to use nature-based solutions to tackle flood risk around the Silk Stream - a 2.5-mile tributatory of the River Brent.

State of the nation

EA chief executive Sir James Bevan set out his vision for Natural Flood Management (NFM) on 9 December. The approach must be a core part of the UK's defence against flooding and climate change, he said.

‘Game-changing’ water level sensor

Instrumentation firm OTT Hydromet has launched a new water level sensor, the OTT PLS 500, which combines robust reliability and accuracy with the advantages of smart sensor technology. Building on decades of experience, the redesigned PLS 500 retains key elements of the trusted, robust, and reliable OTT PLS, while enhancing the sensor to be intuitive and user friendly, says the company.

Nonstationary models help better predict floods, says group

Researchers have identified a method they say can be used to predict flood frequency more reliably than currently used models by considering changing conditions,...

Time to turn grey concrete into green space to stop London flooding?

Green Party London Assembly Member Zack Polanski has issued a statement lamenting inaction on the implementation of forward-looking drainage strategies in London. At a time...

Unblocktober survey reveals discouraging drain habits persist

97% of British public ‘worried’ about environmental damage of drain habits that two thirds of the population still engage in A new survey of 1,758...

Super sewer progress

Recent aerial photography shows some of the changes being made to the banks of the Thames during the construction of London’s 25-km super-sewer, Tideway. Now said to be three-quarters complete – and on-schedule to finish in 2025 – the 2.5m-diameter tunnel will provide an extra 1.6 million m3 of storage in London’s sewers.

National drainage awards

The first National Drainage Awards will take place on 23 November at Charlton Athletic FC, as part of the National Drainage Show. Organised by The National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC), the awards are “a long overdue recognition for the great job that so many contractors do day in and day out for their customers, often in emergency situations.”

Groundwater monitoring underpins management of the Great Fen

Securing a sustainable future for the Great Fen depends, in many respects, upon restoration derived from managing water levels. Wendy Strain from OTT...

Next UK prime minister must ban microplastics, says drainage group

The UK’s next prime minister should ban manufacturers from intentionally adding microplastics to consumer or professional use products, according to a new environmental campaign...

SPONSORED CONTENT: Water jetting safety and quality get a training boost

More hands-on refresher training and digital technology are among improvements being made to water jetting courses to help contractors enhance the quality and safety of services they deliver.

The Environment Agency appoints Mott MacDonald to provide digital Smart Object Library

The Environment Agency is to use Mott MacDonald’s Moata Intelligent Content as its Smart Object Library (SOL) and will make it available to all...

Creators of underwater, eco-friendly concrete are finalists in the European Inventor Award

The inventors of an innovative building material for sea walls are finalists in the European Inventor Award 2022. ECOncrete® founder and CEO, Ido Sella, has...

Sponsored Content: Non-contact radar to support the end user

Adapting to climate change is now a challenge for every industry, regardless of location. It is also having a substantial impact on the flood risk management practices of local and national governments.

River level monitoring lowers bridge scour risk

Engineers at Transport Scotland have investigated the potential for water level monitoring systems to help mitigate risks where transport infrastructure interacts with moving water....
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Radar boosts flood analysis in Rwanda

Hydrology monitoring expert Geolux has provided technology being used to monitor the flow of mountain rivers in Rwanda - frequently a source of flooding that has in recent years devastated the region.
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Pioneering structural piling repair system acquisition

Winn & Coales International has recently acquired the FX-70® Structural Piling Repair and Protection System from Simpson Strong-Tie.
Roadside sustainable drainage systems in Salford.

SuDS bible gets an upgrade

British Water has produced a downloadable guide to help engineering and construction professionals applying the CIRIA sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) manual.

Graphene gateway

The coastal flood defence gates were coated with Applied Graphene Materials' new graphene enhanced Genable CX-based anti-corrosion primer.
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Floating house concept earns students place in global disaster preparedness competition

A team of students from Coventry University have developed a concept for a house that can float whenever a flood approaches and shelter people for at least six weeks during catastrophic weather.