Water Resilient Cities
An international partnership, named WRC : Water Resilient Cities, between South West Water, Plymouth City Council, Stad Mechelen, VIVES Noord, city of Bruges, Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV, Boulogne-sur-Mer Développement Côte d’Opale, Syndicat mixte pour le schema d’aménagement et de gestion des eaux du Boulonnais (SYMSAGEB), Gemeente Middelburg, Green Blue Urban Ltd, Vives Zuid, Ville d’Outreau and Commune de Condette has received a €4.6 million funding boost.
South West Water will receive a share of the European funding to support a SuDS Demonstration Project in the centre of Plymouth which will remove surface water flows from the combined sewer.
The WRC partnership was awarded the grant by the Interreg 2 Seas programme, which promotes cross border cooperation between the coastal regions of France, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. The aim of the project is to improve the ecosystem-based capacity of 2 Seas stakeholders to climate change and its associated water related effects.
The project partners will work together to improve the adaptive capacity of cities to heavy rainfall by demonstrating how SuDS can be retrofitted in public areas normally constrained by existing uses and infrastructure or historic environment protection. The project will demonstrate reduced flooding while protecting or improving amenities, biodiversity, health and wellbeing, local economies and saving public money.
South West Water is providing the Plymouth Central Integrated Urban Drainage Model and scheme design support. The results of this will help reduce the flooding and pollution risk in Plymouth, contribute to CSO spill reduction and provide system resilience.
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We’ll provide you with a quote which will be specific to your connection requirements after we’ve completed a site survey. The quote will be made up of: Connection costs (all work, materials required for us to make connection) Traffic management (depending on the...
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How do I apply for a new sewer connection?
You can complete our sewer connection application form and return it to us by email, the guidance notes contain more information. You’ll need to arrange for a drain to be laid from your property to our sewer. If you need help in locating the closest public sewer, you...
How do I get a new water main?
You can apply for a new water main if it will serve 2 or more properties which haven’t previously connected to our network (directly or indirectly) We will ask you (and any other applicants) to pay any difference between our costs in providing the water main and the...
Are there any hosepipe bans this year?
No. The last water restriction in our region was in 1996. More information is available on our water resources.
Can I swim in your reservoirs?
No, swimming isn’t allowed in any of our reservoirs. There are however many recreational activities including wakeboarding, sailing and windsurfing available through South West Lakes Trust.
How do I order a water butt?
You can order a water butt from the specialist savewatersavemoney. By installing a water butt directly to your gutter downpipe, you will collect rainwater from the roof and can then use it for watering plants, topping up a pond or washing your car. On average every year...
How much water does an average person use?
The national average annual usage figures have been taken from The Consumer Council for Water and are listed below: Annual water use in Cubic Metres CM3 Number of people living in your home Low use Average use High...
How can I save water?
By taking simple steps like spending one minute less in the shower or turning the tap off while you brush your teeth, can set you on track to start saving water. To help you save water around the home, we’ve teamed up with savewatersavemoney to offer a FREE water-saving...
How can I dispose of fat, oil or grease?
The best way to get rid of fat or food without pouring it down the sink is to dry wipe plates and pans with kitchen roll before washing them and dispose of it in the bin. Leftover cooking fat should be emptied into a container (such as a fat trap) for it to cool and...
What causes sewer flooding?
Sewer flooding can be caused by: Blocked pipes Extreme weather causing prolonged rainfall Insufficient land drainage Surcharges from private sewers or drains You can find out more information here about the causes of sewer flooding.
How can I stop sewer flooding?
You can help to stop our sewers from blocking and flooding by following our guide below: Only flush the 3 P’s pee, paper and poo Bag and bin baby wipes, cotton buds, sanitary products, nappies and similar materials Do not pour grease or cooking fat down the sink – the...