Water Resilient Cities

The business case for investing in water resilience in Greater Manchester


The natural environment is inherently resilient, managing water through the water cycle; moving and storing water from the sky to the ground and then out to the rivers and oceans. Cities disrupt this natural cycle through changes in land use, climate change and urbanisation.

Sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS) are one way of better managing surface water; blue and green spaces such as gardens, parks, rain gardens, ponds and wetlands can build the water resilience of urban places whilst also providing benefits to air quality, carbon reduction, health and well-being, water quality and biodiversity.

By using SuDs in Manchester to disconnect areas of a site from the wastewater system, it is possible for business customers to move down a charging band and make annual financial savings.

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