Runoff infiltration, a desktop case study

N. R.P. Bastien, S. Arthur, S. G. Wallis, M. Scholz

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The use of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) or best management practice is becoming increasingly common. However, rather than adopting the preferred 'treatment train' implementation, many developments opt for end-of-pipe control ponds. This paper discusses the use of SuDS in series to form treatment trains and compares their potential performance and effectiveness with end-of-pipe solutions. Land-use, site and catchment characteristics have been used alongside up-todate guidance, Infoworks CS and MUSIC to determine whole-life-costs, land-take, water quality and quantity for different SuDS combinations. The results presented show that the use of a treatment train allows approaches differing from the traditional use of single SuDS, either source or 'end-of-pipe', to be proposed to treat and attenuate runoff. The outcome is a more flexible solution where the footprint allocated to SuDS, costs and water quality can be managed differently to fully meet stakeholder objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2300-2308
Number of pages9
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • BMP
  • Runoff quality
  • SuDS
  • Treatment train

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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