Ponds, Pools and Lochans

7.7 Designing safe SUDS ponds

The main techniques for keeping permanently wet SUDS ponds safe are:

  • carry out a risk assessment/safety audit of the ponds to be created
  • provide safety equipment (grab rails, ladders) and rescue equipment if necessary.
  • design ponds with slopes no more than 1 in 4 (good ecological design should normally give much gentler slopes than this anyway).
  • if a safety audit suggests that it is necessary, establish barrier planting schemes to prevent entry into the water
  • if necessary consider the use of low fencing to prevent access to the water for young children.
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