Effective Stormwater Control Solution Is Not A Million Miles Away
An increase in the frequency of heavy storms and the dramatic and damaging effects of climate change have left housebuilders and developers facing ever-increasing changes to regulations such as the revised Part H3 of the Building Regulations, governing rainwater runoff from new developments. This coupled with a rapid growth of impermeable surfaces has placed a huge burden on existing drainage networks causing a potential threat of flood damage to domestic properties.
To help developers overcome these issues, Wavin Plastics is now distributing its
AquaCell stormwater management system through its nation-wide network of merchants
as a cost-effective soakaway or attenuation system.
Aimed at the domestic market, the AquaCell system comprises a series of individual
modular units assembled to form an underground structure for use as either stormwater
storage or as an NHBC approved alternative to domestic soakaways.
With a capacity of 190 litres, the units measures 1.0m x 0.5m x 0.4m and weigh
just nine kilograms each. The AquaCell system is quick and easy to construct
by clipping the units together in single layers and pegging in multiple layers,
using the clips and shear connectors provided.
Offering many benefits including significantly reducing the risk of flooding
and its consequences, the AquaCell system also controls and reduces volume discharge
into existing main sewer systems and watercourses.
Commenting on the new merchant offering, Michelle Fleming, Wavin Plastics’
product manager said: “There have been many instances recently whereby
planning permission for development has not been granted because the site lies
on a flood plain. The AquaCell units reduce the risk of flooding and have even
been recommended by the Environment Agency as an effective method of controlling
“Furthermore, regulations such as the recently revised Part H3 of the
Building Regulations, specifically prioritise discharge outlets for roof and
paved area drainage stating a preference for soakaways to be considered before
any other drainage system.
“The system not only provides a cost effective management of the water
environment, but reaps costs benefits against the traditional concrete soakaways.
In addition, there is no requirement for handling and lifting equipment thereby
reducing installation times”.
The system can be used for either attentuation or infiltration of stormwater.
Infiltration can be used where the permeability of subsoils are suitable whilst
attenuation can be used to retain the stormwater in times of heavy rainfall
and to release it back into the drainage system at a controlled rate as the
In addition, the AquaCell system is compatible with existing Wavin and Osma
pipe systems and can be connected using components from the 150mm UltraRib,
110mm OsmaDrain and 160mm OsmaDrain ranges.
“We are delighted to be able to offer our customers greater accessibility
of this innovative system via our network of merchants”, concluded Michelle
Issued by: On behalf of:
Contact: Carol Heneghan
Tel: 01249 766600