These occur because our sewers aren’t mean to manage stormwater. They handle wastewater and sewage from our homes and businesses, funneling them toward treatment plants before they head back into the environment, and they only have so much capacity. For obvious reasons, this liquid contains a lot of gunk and disease. When stormwater causes it to flow back out into the world, the results are gross … if not downright disastrous.
In addition to smelling not-great, overflows also pick up pollutants from city surfaces, transmit human and animal diseases (such as E. coli), and eventually spill over into waterways – contaminating and eroding them as they go.
Think of stormwater like the bad guy, with a cape made from untold gallons of water just waiting to cause all that damage.
We say: No to that, Stormwater Guy. Ecogardens is having none of your shenanigans.
In addition to green roofs, the gold standard for stormwater management, here’s how we can defeat him:
Just another paved space won’t make a dent in stormwater, whereas green and growing spaces can do much. Rain gardens are shallow depressions that soak up the water running off impermeable surfaces nearby, filtering it to remove pollutants and providing a sight for sore eyes at the same time.
Guess what? The sky gives us free water all the time … so why shouldn’t you make use of it? With our sustainable rainwater harvesting methods, you can capture and store rain to be used later on landscapes or household tasks.
Stormwater carries high loads of pollutants, which plants and soils do a fantastic job filtering out. The goal, then, is to put that water in contact with plants who can take care of those pollutants … and that’s exactly what a bioswale accomplishes.
These gentle troughs collect water and funnel it slowly toward drainage, picking up and retaining chemicals and toxins along the way. By the time water reaches its final destination, it is much cleaner and much safer. Thanks, bioswale!