RS Hydro has recently installed a network of open channel flow meters to monitor the runoff patterns associated with innovative methods of flow attenuation including permeable paving, detention basins, swales and green roofs.
Level sensors, V-notch Weir Boxes and Ultrasonic Open Channel Flow Meter.
Scientists are predicting that, in the years to come, the climate of the planet will change. This will mean that some areas will become warmer and sea levels will rise. Many countries are using large areas of land for housing and agriculture that years ago will have flooded. The FLOWS programme is designed to look at the issues and deliver practical projects to identify how people need to adapt to live with water.
FLOWS is a transnational project with participants from Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Cambridgeshire County Council has acted as the lead partner in the UK. Lamb Drove is a new residential development of 35 affordable homes (built by Cambridge Housing Society) on a one hectare site. The aim of this unique and pioneering project was to showcase practical and innovative Sustainable Water Management Techniques (incorporating SUDS and property flood proofing) within residential developments.
RS Hydro designed a series of 8 v-notch monitoring boxes to measure flood attenuation within the residential scheme. A further flow meter was installed in a control site without any flood mitigation features. The project will last 12 months but is already clear that projects like this will significantly reduce the likelihood of flooding but has also improved the local appearance of the local landscape.