Melvyn Rutter Reedbed Flood Alleviation Lagoons for housing developments in flood plains.
• Avoid all of the problems of open water lagoons
• Provide dynamic working systems
• Provide valuable natural habitat
• Can lead to environmental awards
• Can help gain planning for the whole development
• High performance, Low Cost, Low Maintenance, Long lasting, natural systems

We can have development in balance with nature. This dynamic natural system allows water to do as it does, in a manageable way.

Melvyn Rutter Reedbeds know what to do, how to do it, and why we are doing it.

We produce Quality and Standards on time and without hassle

Don't leave it to chance, call Melvyn today on 07884 253827

Melvyn Rutter Reedbeds Work all Winter & Summer!

We don’t give our designs away for free. Please don’t ask, thankyou.

When looked after and kept in working order, Melvyn Rutter Reedbeds can last a lifetime.

Melvyn Rutter BSc Hons Flood Alleviation Systems
Melvyn Rutter Reedbeds for Flood Alleviation, can help protect investment in houses and homes built on flood plains.

Open Water Lagoons
• attract people, raising issues of safety
• allow the sun to form algae & bacterial blooms
• attract water birds, that pollute the waters, turning them green from their nutrients

Reed Lagoons
avoid all of the problems above
• provide dynamic working systems
• provide valuable natural habitat
• can lead to environmental awards
• can help gain planning for the whole development

Melvyn Rutter Reedbeds are typically half the price of alternative and substitute systems. Our flood alleviation lagoons are half the price of normal reedbeds, and can be lower with the economy of scale.

The economies of scale mean for a 50 to 150 house development, price per house may be £350. But for developments of 200 - 400 or more, the price is more like £300 per house.

Melvyn Rutter Reedbeds know what to do, how to do it, and why we are doing it.

We produce Quality and Standards on time and without hassle

Don't leave it to chance, call Melvyn today on 07884 253827

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)

Sustainable Urban Drainage has been a well known concept for many years. Reedbed Filtration has been successfully used to treat surface water and waste water from housing developments.

The sheer versatility of Reedbeds can be seen in the following excerpt from one of our presentations. Normally sewage is directed to one central point where treatment takes place. But with Reedbeds they can be placed right where the problem occurs. This way Reedbeds can be placed in locations around the village, to maximize treatment at the point where the problem occurs, and to reduce engineering costs of creating one single point of treatment.

The Gildersome Project
Here in Gildersome, a new build housing development directs surface water through a Reedbed, into a pond system, to overflow into the passing ditch system.

So we can have development and progress, working together with natural systems, and still it is economical. Indeed, in directing the surface water in this way, there is less pressure on the sewage system. As a result less instances of untreated waste water from domestic and industrial customers will be discharged into rivers and streams.

Example Project
In this example - in order that they could build houses, they had to provide green space, with pond for surface water flows from the new housing estate. The pictures below show the reedbed in winter and summer.

Reedbed in Winter

Reedbed in Summer

"It costs nothing to call to have a chat about waste water problems. Between us we should be able to find solutions, and save a few bob in the process. No heavy sales pitch. I always leave you with time to consider your options.
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