SuDS efficiency during the start-up period under Mediterranean climatic conditions

Sara Perales-Momparler, Carmen Hernández-Crespo, Francisco Vallés-Morán, Miguel Martín, Ignacio Andrés-Doménech, Joaquín Andreu Álvarez, Chris Jefferies

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    This paper presents the performance of a number of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in the city of Xàtiva in the Valencia Region of Spain relatively soon after their construction. The systems studied comprise two roadside swales, one detention basin receiving runoff from one of the swales and one green roof to a school. The SuDS were installed under an EU LIFE+ project intended to demonstrate their practicability, application, and behavior under Mediterranean rainfall conditions. Most of the systems installed were in new developments but the green roof was retrofitted to a school within Xàtiva, which is a dense urban area. Full flow monitoring was undertaken and spot samples were taken to give a preliminary assessment of water quality performance. The early results presented in the paper demonstrate the effectiveness of the systems under typical Mediterranean conditions, which comprise intense rainfall from September to December and little or no precipitation at other times of the year. It is concluded that SuDS can be effectively introduced in the Mediterranean region of Spain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)178–186
    Number of pages9
    JournalCLEAN – Soil, Air, Water
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


    • Green roofs
    • Sustainable drainage systems
    • Swales
    • Wash-off
    • Water quality


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