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Prepare to deliver: Pollution Prevention Planning

The repercussions associated with pollution events can range from minor delays to significant financial penalties and, in the worst cases, irreversible environmental damage. The root of the problem often lies in a lack of preparedness and understanding of how to effectively manage and prevent pollution during the construction phase.

Whether your project requires a Pollution Prevention Plan (PPP) because it’s part of the environmental planning process, a contractual obligation, or you just want to do the right thing, developing a PPP helps to reduce risk of pollution and protect your project.


The Pollution Prevention Plan

A PPP is your first line of defence against the environmental incidents that can derail your construction project. Tailored to the specific needs of your construction site, a well-crafted PPP addresses the unique challenges posed by your project's methods, schedule, and location. It's not just a regulatory requirement but a blueprint for sustainable project management.


Why it matters

In the construction phase, the risk of waterborne pollution impacting the surrounding environment is at its highest. Without a robust PPP, you're navigating blind in a field rife with potential pitfalls. From sediment run-off to chemical spills, the threats are varied but the solution is clear: proactive pollution prevention.


Common pitfalls to avoid

Misusing solutions: Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are excellent for long-term environmental management – when the aim is to discharge water at a slow enough rate so that it doesn’t present a flood risk – but fall short during construction. They're simply not designed to handle the type and high levels of pollutants present during this phase.


2. Inadequate treatment systems: All too often, settlement ponds and other treatment systems are undersized or improperly designed, leading to ineffective pollution control.


3. Overreliance on basic filtration: Silt fences and straw bales might seem like convenient solutions, but they're not up to the task of protecting your site from pollution.


4. Neglecting water management: Effective pollution prevention requires a proactive approach to managing water flow on and around your construction site.


Our top tips for effective pollution prevention

Customise your plan: Ensure your PPP is designed specifically for the construction phase, taking into account your project's unique challenges.

Size matters: Use modelling techniques to ensure your treatment systems are adequately sized.

Diversify your approach: Combine different silt control measures for comprehensive protection.

Manage water proactively: Keep clean and dirty water separate to minimise pollution risks.


Don't let pollution delays and fines become your project's legacy

Take control of your project's environmental impact. By investing in a comprehensive Pollution Prevention Plan, you're not just complying with regulations; you're safeguarding your project's timeline, budget, and reputation.

Contact us today to learn how our expert guidance can steer your project to success, free from the setbacks of pollution-related delays and increased costs.


Additional information

There are several guidance documents in publication that outline specific good practice approaches. Here are a few:


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