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Downstream Thinking (South West Water)


Downstream Thinking is a new project being delivered by South West Water to alleviate sewer flooding and reduce the likelihood of river pollution through the use of ecologically-sensitive, ‘soft engineering’ schemes. It follows on from the ‘Upstream Thinking’ project, which focused on using ‘soft engineering’ techniques to reduce pollution of water that occurs in the catchment upstream of water treatment works.


Downstream Thinking is being delivered in partnership with a range of stakeholder groups including the Environment Agency, local councils, and lead local flood authorities. It corporates a range of activities including Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), habitat management, targeting sewer misconnections, and tackling sewer misuse. There are two schemes underway in 2015; WaterShed Truro and WaterShed Aveton Gifford.



South West Water website – http://www.southwestwater.co.uk/index.cfm?articleid=11492