Wavin, the leading manufacturer of drainage and plumbing products, has announced the launch of its innovative TreeTank solutions to support climate resilient cities and bring more nature into urban environments. 

The TreeTank ensures trees can be easily and effectively integrated into urban areas without disrupting vital infrastructure.

Key role in urban stormwater management

By incorporating more trees into designs, city planners and local authorities can improve local air quality, reduce the growing urban heat effect, boost biodiversity and improve wellbeing. Trees can also play a key role in urban stormwater management, reducing the volume of rainwater entering the old drainage networks of many towns and cities in Ireland.

Trees should be considered as a key component of any sustainable drainage system (SuDS), however engineers struggle with the conflict for roads and paths that require the compaction of the ground and trees that require an uncompacted growing medium to allow sufficient space for tree roots.

The planting of trees has long been a burden for those working in planning and infrastructure, with several common issues cropping up when using traditional banks or pits at the side of the road. Unpredictable growth can lead to trees damaging adjacent pavements, roads and even nearby buildings. The lack of space for tree roots to grow safely and productively also impacts the health of the tree, reducing the positive impact they can have on the area.

Wavin’s TreeTank  - root chamber system; provides the space within which the uncompacted growing medium is placed whilst providing sufficient support for pedestrian paths and walkways. The modular system manufactured from 100% polypropylene with a service life up to 50 years is adaptable to any situation. The Wavin TreeTank directs roots away from the surface and deep into the ground.

Wavin has trialed its TreeTank through several pilot projects alongside contractors and provincial authorities across Europe and the solution is now available in Ireland.

John McPeake, Wavin Ireland Technical Sales Manager commented: ‘At last Landscape Architects and Engineers have a real solution to accommodate trees in urban areas, and the TreeTank is another tool for SuDS drainage systems in the battle to prevent climate change.  

For more information on the TreeTank solution, visit  www.wavin.ie/tree-tank or contact Email: projects.ie@wavin.com

About Wavin Ireland 

Wavin Ireland is a member of the Wavin Group - the world leader in plastic pipe systems for residential, non-residential and civil engineering projects. 

Systems offered, include market leading above and below ground drainage and Hep₂O hot and cold plumbing and underfloor heating, as well as 
a wide range of Wavin drainage and stormwater management solutions for all application areas. Wavin also offers full technical consultancy, BIM services, 
CPD training and customer support to ensure efficient, high-quality installation and project delivery.

Wavin, which has over 12,000 employees in over 40 countries worldwide, is part of Orbia, a community of companies bound together by a shared purpose: to build healthy, sustainable environments through the delivery of better sanitation and hygiene, safe and efficient water supply, climate resilient cities and better building performance. 

Backed up by 60+ years of expertise, Wavin globally is geared up to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges around: water supply, sanitation, climate-resilient cities and building performance. 

The Wavin  passion is for the building of liveable and loveable places. It engages and collaborates with city leaders, engineers, planners and installers to help make cities future-proof and buildings comfortable and energy-efficient. 

Wavin Ireland is part of this purpose and is focused on finding innovative solutions to help create a more sustainable Ireland.

For more information, please visit: www.wavin.ie