2. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Theme: Improving water quality and water quantity


  • Reduce pollution through physical improvements around the river
  • Work together to investigate and implement solutions to manage and minimise sources of pollution

Project description

We are considering how to improve or implement Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) at key sites along the River Lea in Luton.

Introducing these systems would alleviate flooding, reduce siltation and increase the quality and quantity of the water that feeds into the river.

Together Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire, Luton Borough Council and the Environment Agency have identified sites where some form of SuDS is most feasible. The factors we have considered are: space (capacity of the site to accommodate the drainage system); evidence of problems (excessive siltation, pollution or flood issues) either at the site or directly downstream; the potential for community engagement; the presence of main highway outfalls; and the possibilities of incorporating any other landscape or access work in the areas.

A feasibility study has been undertaken for Lewsey Park with funding from the Environment Agency and included site investigations for practical works and plans for installation of a hydrodynamic separator.

A feasibility study is also underway at Houghton Brook.

Project lead: Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire
Project partners: Luton Borough Council and the Environment Agency
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