Implementing best-practice in surface water management
The NGIWMS concept isn’t just limited to the canal system, it is an integrated plan – it includes opportunities for further developing approaches to surface water management and water sensitive urban design (WSUD) in surrounding developments. For example, community car washing facilities can be incorporated in local developments which use treated surface water runoff, which is then re-treated before draining to the canal network, avoiding the requirements to use potable water, but also creating a social community hub. If realised, this would allow Glasgow to be at the forefront of best practice, generating an international destination for water engineers, urban designers and planners, whilst also creating opportunities for development and application of existing and new technologies to support the Scottish Government’s Hydro-Nation aspirations. .