SOCOMA is the acronym for SOurce COntrol for stormwater MAnagement.

The SOCOMA group is a working group part of the IWA / IAHR Joint Committee on Urban Drainage (JCUD) operated jointly by the International Water Association (IWA) and the International Association on Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR).

The SOCOMA working group studies source controls, which are defined as all measures applied to control stormwater before it enters sewers or the surface receiving waters.

The group’s objective is to facilitate the development of these techniques, by conducting research and experiments, and disseminating the results with various means. As compared to the WSUD (Water Sensitive Urban Design) working group, which has related interests but in a more holistic and institutional outlook, SOCOMA focuses on more technical aspects related to source control technologies as applied to urban drainage. The activities and participation at workshops would therefore be more oriented to provide a forum for exchanging technical details of design and implementation of source control mechanisms or BMPs. The group includes researchers, practitioners and policy-makers and represents a great opportunity to present and debate new ideas.