Welsh Water has recently installed a Rainscape project in an area beside the 16th green.
The scheme has been created to allow the effective management and collection of surface water in the local area. This water is now collected and diverted into a new pipe work system in the roads around Maesdu Golf Club which then enters onto the golf course. The installation prevents the surface water from entering the sewer system which reduces the risks of sewer flooding and pollution.
A new open culvert has been built from the pipe exit across the 16th fairway. To control the risk of localised flooding hey they have also installed a weir to control the additional volumes of water in times of heavy rainfall. Water stopped by the weir is fed through an underground pipe into a large purpose built open basin that can hold the excess water until the flow rate has reduced sufficiently. The basin can then slowly empty and return the water to the natural water course. The basin has been planted with many different types of grasses and plants able to tolerate these unique conditions. They not only visually enhance the whole area but provide a valuable function filtering the water as it passes through the scheme.
Maesdu Golf Club has worked closely with Welsh Water to create a finished project that is an attractive visual enhancement of the 16th hole but is also a wonderful new habitat for wildlife.
The Maesdu Rainscape project has been a major engineering scheme that has improved the local landscape and created a greener, cleaner local area.
What is Rainscape?
Welsh Water is developing and using new and more effective ways to manage the amount of surface water entering our sewers. They have called this approach Rainscape. They use a range of techniques called RainScape solutions which catch, redirect and slow down the speed at which surface water enters the local sewer network or, where possible, removes it completely. It helps reduce sewer flooding and pollution and will help to improve the local landscape and create greener, cleaner places to live. These solutions can be incorporated into new developments or installed into the existing sewer systems.