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

stormwater run-off.

“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

rainfall subsides.

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:

Wavin Plastics

Parsonage Way



SN15 5PN

Contact: Carol Heneghan

Tel: 01249 766600

Email: [email protected]

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