Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) include a series of design techniques for the treatment of rainwater ensuring their right quality to use it later for environmental uses, urban or household. Works in the field of SUDS started in GITECO in 2003, thanks to the collaboration with the group SUDS ARG of the University of Coventry.
Until date, 15 research projects have been carried out in this line, covering all the aspects related to sustainable drainage: catchment systems, storage, in situ treatment of rainwater, energy exploitation, etc., with special development of permeable pavements as the most complete technique.
GITECO´s capacity has been strengthened thanks to the work developed by the SUDS laboratory (SUDSlab), studying the work of testing sites that have been built. The analysis performed in this lab deal with the quantity and quality of rainwater filtered and stored within pervious pavements and with the biodegradation processes of carbon, one of the main depuration mechanisms of pervious pavements.