Peter Melville-Shreeve

Rainwater Harvesting Lts

Following a 5 year stint working for an engineering consultancy designing SuDS and delivering surface water management projects, Pete joined University of Exeter`s Centre for Water Systems in 2012. His engineering doctorate work focusses on the true value of rainwater harvesting for UK houses. Pete is now working as a consultant with Aqua Analytics and was Chair of the CIWEM Southwest Branch (2015-16). He recently presented his SuDS research work in Stanford, Berkeley and Beijing. Pete was awarded 1st prize in the 2015 Poster Competition at the Institute of Water Conference in Cambridge and presented at the International Conference on Urban Drainage in Malaysia.

Pete says:
"Rainwater harvesting technologies are no-longer simply about providing free water for gardening and toilet flushing. I feel the RainActiv system is a big step towards true decentralised integrated water management. It enables SuDS controls to be integrated within rainwater harvesting tanks to mitigate flooding in urban areas whilst providing a secondary water supply to reduce water bills at household and industrial premises.”

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Changing the face of SuDS with ultra-low discharge flow controls: Introducing the RainActiv SuDS Control

Following 4 years of research into stormwater management at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems Pete will explain the benefits of ultra-low discharge (<1 litre per second) flow controls designed by . The newly released RainActiv SuDS control enables SuDS tanks to discharge at rates of just 0.05-1l/s. This in turn enables small-scale development sites to contribute to stormwater runoff reduction in locations where historically, no SuDS solutions have been technically feasible. Furthermore, through integrating decentralised source control throughout a site, overall regional attenuation systems can be removed, freeing land for other use. Through integrating the RainActiv SuDS control within rainwater harvesting systems Pete will demonstrate how integrated water management can now be achieved using off-the-shelf systems, backed by industry standard software outputs.