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Tyre abrasion – the dark side of microplastics pollution

In an Expert Focus article for Waterbriefing, Jo Bradley, Market Development Manager at SDS, draws attention to an overlooked source of microplastics pollution.

Jo: “We will look back on 2018 as the year the world faced up to the true extent of plastics pollution. With Sir David Attenborough’s heartrending narration of Blue Planet 2 still ringing in our ears, as the year went on we were confronted with remarkable and shocking footage of entangled turtles and birds with stomachs bulging with plastic fragments.

Thank goodness for Sir David, and all those colourful images illustrating how plastic is turning up in even the most remote and unpopulated places on earth. Who could fail to be astonished by its persistent and pervasive global penetration?”

“But now we understand the plastic pollution we can see, we must work harder to understand, manage, and prevent the plastic pollution that can’t be seen. There is likely to be just as much of it, and it could potentially be more harmful not only to wildlife and ecosystems, but to human health, especially as it’s harder to find and remove.

Plastic endures. The simple maths of how much plastic has been produced since it was invented, compared with how much we can observe, measure, or account for, means there simply has to be a lot more of it out there. Plastics pollution is usually classified into three groups: larger pieces or macroplastics; microplastics (particles less than 5mm in diameter); and nanoplastics (with particle sizes down to 1nm)

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What our Customers say

Specifying SDS Aqua-Swirl hydrodynamic separators gave us added flexibility to engineer high-performance water quality protection upstream of SuDS ponds for the latest phase of the Berewood development. SDS’s bespoke inhouse manufacturing facilities, together with a wide choice of product sizes and outlet pipe diameters, allowed us to minimise the sizes of the devices we required. With the added benefit of the Aqua-SwirlTM’s lightweight plastic construction, we were therefore able to reduce excavation and construction costs significantly.

Paul Stewart, Technical Director, Mayer Brown.

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New ways of thinking make the future bright for SuDS

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are widely acknowledged to be the most environmentally-acceptable way to manage flood risk and prevent water pollution. Yet, despite their clear multiple benefits, the prevailing professional opinion is that widespread implementation has been too slow.

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In an article published in “Project Scotland” magazine, Mark Manning, Business Development Manager at SDS, argues that new ways of thinking mean there has never been a better time for SuDS – and explains why we should expect an acceleration in the use of more sustainable approaches in future.

Last month, long-term supporters of SuDS got some good news: In its historic 25-Year Environment Plan, the UK Government committed to ‘putting in place more sustainable drainage systems’ and outlined key actions to achieve its objectives.

Continue to read the complete article here: Project Scotland.

What our Customers say

This project required stringent control of surface water quality given the sensitive nature of the receiving watercourse in a SSSI. This level of water quality treatment could not be achieved by standard proprietary installations. Following extensive investigation, we identified a solution that we were previously unaware of. Having found the answer we were looking for in SDS’s new hydrodynamic vortex separation and filtration system we are proud to have installed the UK’s very first Aqua-FilterTM. Following successful pre-installation testing we are eagerly anticipating the first set of results of the system in situ.

Ed Hoskins, Senior Associate, Cambria Consulting.

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Time to get a grip on runoff pollution?

Jo Bradley has a long-standing professional interest in surface water runoff pollution, both with the Environment Agency and in her current role as Market Development Manager with SDS.

In this article, published by “Envirotec” magazine, she offers an overview of this kind of pollution, summarises the existing regulatory issues and offers solutions such as the use of sustainable drainage.

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Read the complete article here: www.envirotecmagazine.com

What our Customers say

The installation of a system comprising a device of concrete construction, until now our only option, would have required the use of a 350 tonne crane and most likely, due to the massive inconvenience not just to us but to the airport and local road network, would not have been feasible at all. The Aqua-Swirl™’s versatility meant that we could design the devices for the specific requirements of this site, without the need for any bends in piping, whilst their inherent strength allowed us to save on time and cost through not requiring a concrete surround. Their compact size and small footprint, together with the lifting supports and straps provided, meant installation was very quick and simple and final placement could be done manually; we needed only a single day in which to dig, position, connect up and back fill.

Brian Fegan, Site Engineer, Whitemountain.

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SDS played a crucial role in designing a bespoke SuDS solution for this substantial development. As we continue to take on further rail development projects, we will be turning to SDS for their invaluable knowledge and expertise in this specialist and increasingly important sector.

Nico Wessels, Site Manager,VolkerFitzpatrick, attenuation system for Stoke Gifford train maintenance centre

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