22 mrt 2022
To mark World Water Day (Tuesday 22 March), we’re highlighting the innovative work being done to reduce the risk of flooding to properties in a vulnerable part of Brighton & Hove.

World Water Day and how we’re reducing flood risk

Work is currently taking place on Carden Avenue as part of a pilot project called Shaping Climate change Adaptive PlacEs (SCAPE) which is partly funded by the European Union’s ‘Interreg 2 Seas’ programme. 

It involves directing surface water which runs down the road into basins where pollutants are collected and cleaner water can then then be absorbed into city’s natural aquifer below.

The idea is to mimic natural systems in which gravity and landform are used to remove as much excess rainwater flow as early as possible.

This can help reduce the risk of flooding during heavy downpours when drainage systems can get overwhelmed.

Phase one of the project at Darcy Drive has already been completed with phase two between Carden Hill and County Oak Avenue scheduled to be finished later this spring.