Urbanisation and Stormwater

John W. Davies, Susanne M. Charlesworth

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The traditional process of urbanisation increases impermeable areas, provides piped drainage for stormwater, increases flood risk and causes pollution in rivers. This chapter covers the effects of urbanisation on stormwater management and examines simple ways of determining the capacity required for various elements of drainage systems. An awareness of flood risk and other negative impacts of conventional piped drainage has led to the use in some urban areas of approaches to drainage that make use of semi-natural drainage features that increase infiltration and storage. The chapter discusses the problems associated with drainage systems, and the issue of sewer flooding. Apart from the risk of flooding, another effect of urbanisation on stormwater relates to its quality, which is also discussed in the chapter. Simple methods for designing drainage components, including storage, are also described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater Resources in the Built Environment
Subtitle of host publicationManagement Issues and Solutions
EditorsColin A. Booth, Susanne M. Charlesworth
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781118809167
ISBN (Print)9780470670910
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2014


  • Drainage system capacity
  • Flood risk
  • Impermeable surfaces
  • Sewer flooding
  • Stormwater quality
  • Urban drainage systems
  • Urbanisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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