Good morning, Durham City. I hope you did not suffer too badly from the winds due to Ophelia last night and that this update finds you well.
My name is Loren Jennings, and I also am a Project Manager for Rainwise at Northumbrian Water. I will be working with Dave Groark to look for opportunities within Durham to identify Rainwiwse projects which will compliment Dave's planned programme of work.
Increasing rainfall is putting pressure on our sewer network so Rainwise is about looking proactively for flood risk reduction projects, rather than dealing with flooding after it's already struck. This is usually accomplished by lowering the volume of rainwater which enters the sewer, and this has the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of pollution as well.
Removing surface water can be tricky sometimes, but it's certainly not impossible. If you would like to see what kinds of projects Rainwise has lead to in the past, you can review our case studies at the link below. Although everywhere is different, it should give you an idea of the styles of projects we can accomplish, especially when we hear back from our customers and really understand what happens on the ground when it rains hard.
The website also has some ideas about how you can become more Rainwise around your own home, which collectively can have an impact on you and your neighbour's resilience to flooding in the future.
I will keep you all informed here on the Community Portal, especially once we identify a Rainwise project which we want to do in your area. You can also select "Follow This Project" above and get an e-mail whenever an update is published.