ADS StormTech News

April 2023

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On 4th April, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched its Plan for Water, an integrated programme to 'transform management of the water system, clean up the water environment, and create a sustainable supply of water for people, business and nature'.

However, The Plan for Water is not the only recent initiative that reveals a much sharper focus on the environment and water management. In January, the Government announced that it intends to implement Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (FWMA) in England. (See our March newsletter for details) Schedule 3 will accelerate the adoption of SuDS and enforce statutory requirements for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of assets.

This theme is reflected in the Plan for Water. The document highlights 'rolling out standardised SuDS in new developments' as a key part of the goal to 'Deliver a clean water environment for nature and people.' Stormwater management is also accentuated, with the aim of 'better integrating water and flood planning, and targeting actions where they will deliver the greatest impact for water quality, flood management, and nature recovery.''

With SuDS and water quality at the heart of the new Government initiatives, designers will be relieved to learn that with ADS StormTech now available in the UK, there is a storm water attenuation system that has water quality as an integral part of its design.

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In-built water quality
There is generally no water quality treatment capability within crate or pipe systems. Sediment and pollution removal is normally part of the treatment train, requiring additional capital investment, often costing £000s per unit, and additional operational costs in terms of inspection and maintenance.

StormTech has an in-built water quality treatment device called Isolator Row that is independently tested and validated to remove over 80% Total Suspended Solids (TSS). This means that generally, no additional sediment removal is required, and additional treatment devices for the removal of metals and hydrocarbons can be avoided. Isolator Row can also mitigate against particulate Phosphorus and Nitrogen nutrient loading from stormwater runoff.

In addition, Isolator Row is the only part of a StormTech system that needs cleaning, using standard equipment, typically every 2 - 5 years depending on the nature of the site.

Find Out More

With the Government focus so strongly on water quality, SuDS and stormwater management, ADS StormTech provides both a simple and effective solution. Our CPD programme covers SuDS best practice, information on legislation, ADS StormTech and alternative below-ground systems. To book a CPD seminar, simply click here or call 0203 442 0607.


StormTech is manufactured by ADS, America's largest manufacturer of thermoplastic corrugated drainage pipes and a specialist in water management systems. StormTech has a long and successful track record with over 50,000 system installations using in excess of 3 million units.

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0203 442 0607 or click here

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