Peter Melville-Shreeve

Centre for Water Systems, Exeter Uni

With a background designing SuDS WITHOUT rainwater reuse at an engineering consultancy, Pete joined the Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems in 2012 to work on the development of SuDS measures which support rainwater reuse. His doctorate focussed on the true value of rainwater harvesting as a stormwater control technology. Pete is now working as a part time research fellow within the TWENTY65 Project and as a rainwater management specialist. Last year he chaired the CIWEM Southwest Branch and has recently been working alongside the Future Cities Catapult to develop green infrastructure solutions for the cities of the future.

Pete’s work on rainwater harvesting systems was awarded Best Presentation on the final day of the recent 2017 IWA Young Water Professionals event in Bath, UK. Pete sees rainwater as a resource (not a threat) and he currently works throughout the UK designing rainwater management systems which INCLUDE rainwater harvesting technologies.

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Sustainable Drainage using Rainwater Harvesting Systems

The SuDS Manual and Welsh SuDS Standards both firmly promote rainwater reuse as the primary rainwater management option. However, evidence from 500 responses to CIWEM’s Big SuDS Survey shows that rainwater harvesting uptake remains low. A range of design’s are explained which can be used to achieve BOTH: 1) SuDS objectives (i.e. control peak discharge rates) AND 2) minimise potable water demand for houses and commercial buildings.