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Welsh Water unveils RainScape project at Dafen Primary School

Welsh Water has completed its latest RainScape project to help tackle sewer flooding in Llanelli. RainScape helps to reduce the risk of sewer flooding and pollution by catching, slowing and reducing the amount of rain water which goes into the sewer network. 

Dafen Primary is the third school to be included in the RainScape project and joins Stebonheath Primary School and Halfway Primary School.

Identified as a key location which could help to reduce the risk of sewer flooding in the area, a new swale and attractive planters have been installed as part of Dafen Primary School’s playground. The swale has been designed to hold water during heavy downpours and will prevent excess rainwater flowing into sewers and damage caused by flooding to homes, roads and the environment. The design includes new plants and fauna, attracting more wildlife to the area and increasing biodiversity.

One of Welsh Water’s teachers visited the school to explain the work so that pupils learn more about how the  outside space of their school will be transformed over the summer holidays to help tackle flooding, Teresa O’Neill, for Dŵr Cymru, Welsh Water says:  “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with Dafen Primary School and are grateful for the help and support from the headteacher and education department. We were able to create a safe and sustainable educational environment, with an interactive element that will play a significant part in reducing the risk of wastewater flooding in Llanelli.” 

Nia Griffith, MP for Llanelli commented: “I am very pleased to see the very significant investment by Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water in Llanelli to reduce the risk of flooding. Having your home flooded is devastating, and it seems the incidences of very sudden, extremely heavy downpour is increasing, and these works really help to absorb the water and prevent the sewers being overloaded. The school projects like this one here at Dafen, and previous ones at Stebonheath and Halfway Schools also provide a great opportunity for pupils to learn about the rain cycle, the management of water and sustainable urban drainage systems.”

The not-for-profit water company has now completed the work and there will be an official opening day on 4th July 2019. This opening ceremony, involving pupils, teachers and governors, will see the new RainScape features unveiled along with an information board about the project.

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