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Description

Road drainage is a potential source of contaminants include hydrocarbons, metals and solid particles. In Brighton mush of the road run off goes to soakaways that allow water to enter the Chalk aquifer - the source of Brighton and Hove's drinking water.

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) aim to reduce the risk of flooding by allowing water to infiltrate into the aquifer quickly, whilst also making use of natural processes to reduce the pollutant content.

In this project a research team is working with Brighton and Hove City council, the Brighton Living Coast Biosphere reserve and The Aquifer Partnership to determine the water quality in an area of heavy road use, and then monitor the performance of a newly constructed SUDS in terms of improvement in the water quality entering the aquifer.

Funding supported an MRes student and associated analytical costs to investigate impacts of SUDs on urban aquifer water quality.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/08/2231/08/24

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