The UK's 150-year-old street-drainage system could be replaced by a pavement that absorbs water and recycles it for domestic uses, according to a global surfaces firm.
Tarmac Group has boldly predicted that its reservoir pavement technology will become the standard way of dealing with water on the UK's streets.
The multi-national company said that the UK's drains were becoming overpowered as global warming was making the climate wetter.
"This new reservoir pavement technology could signal the end for the Victorian-designed drainage system," said a Tarmac spokesman.
Tarmac Aquifa works by allowing water to seep through the surface and be collected in a layer where impurities are trapped and broken down.
This leaves purified water that can be recycled for non-drinking domestic functions, reducing the need for new water.
Tarmac Infrastructure Solutions director Clive Freeman said: "With nearly 2 million new homes required over the next 10 years, and the strong scientific evidence that global warming is going to give the UK wetter winters, the chances of repeated flash floods are high, which is a major concern for the construction and insurance industries.
"The product has been developed to withstand a 100-year storm, and is not only highly absorbent, but also a robust and flexible material, which means that it has been developed with the future in mind and in line with the Environment Agency's strict sustainable urban drainage systems guidelines."