Water management

Over the next ten years, climate change is going to impact on our lives in more ways than we can even imagine.

The way we prepare for and respond to the changes ahead have to support the needs of people in Edinburgh. This is as well as reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the ways we're preparing Edinburgh for these changes is through our Vision for Management of Water in the City of Edinburgh.

This report has nine aims which will help us move towards a more water-resilient city.

And to achieve these, we will have to work with Scottish Water and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Managing rainfall and making cooler spaces

One key aims of the report is the need to manage the first 5mm of rainfall within every new development plot.

This means building more raingardens, green roofs and other sustainable urban drainage features.

This will help more plants and wildlife to grow and create greener places for people to live, work and visit. It will also support healthier, happier and better off communities.

A greener city will make our neighbourhoods cooler, helping them become more resilient to heatwaves. This is important as our changing climate means extreme weather events like heatwaves are expected to increase.

Improving drainage

Much of Edinburgh has a historic combined sewer network. This means it carries both sewage and surface water to treatment works.

Our Vision for Management of Water will reduce the amount of clean surface water within the sewer network. This will help cut flooding during heavy rainfall.

We also have guidance for the design of sustainable urban drainage systems. This will help people to design landscapes which, as well as holding back water to reduce flooding, will encourage plants and wildlife to grow.

As well as making these places nicer to spend time in, they will help to naturally clean rainwater before it reaches our rivers and streams.