We are working with Anglian Water, Broadland District Council and Norwich City Council to find long-term solutions to the problem of surface water flooding in Norwich.
As part of our pilot project, we are offering homes, businesses and schools the chance to have a slow-release water butt or rain water planter installed completely free of charge. This project is funded by Anglian Water and the Interreg European Union CATCH climate change and flood reduction project.
Slow-release water butts and rainwater planters can help reduce the risk of flooding by slowing the flow of rainfall into the drains and are designed to gradually release the captured water back into the environment. The rain water planters have the additional benefit of growing plants on them too.
The installations will be made on a first-come-first-served basis across Norwich. Priority will be given to properties in the target areas (See map link below). However, properties within Norwich that are outside these areas will also be considered. Plus, if you have received a CATCH project leaflet through your door this is because you live in an eligible area.
These slow-release water butts and rain water planters are specially designed to release the captured water back into the drains.
It may take up to three months between registering interest in the project and receiving a water butt or rain water planter. This is because the project has two phases:
You can choose either a slow-release water butt or slow-release rainwater planter, however please note that it may not be the same as illustrated as this will be dependent on supply.