While we have seen the overwhelming impact of water in our own backyard recently, it’s always interesting to see how innovation in dealing with water conservation, especially in an urban environment, can have a beneficial impact on our environment.
One of the stories out of North America that we have been following is that of the City of Philadelphia’s green storm-water infrastructure initiatives. This article from National Geographic gives a detailed look into how Philadelphia is applying green thinking to city planning and diverting storm water from overloading the sewer systems. Storm water is a great resource to use instead of treated water around the house and for landscaping purposes.
Philadelphia is using porous paving to allow water to seep into the ground, limiting surface pooling and providing hydration without increasing demand on the water system. Landscaped curb extensions allow excess rain water to enter the ground to nourish much-needed greenery instead of gathering in storm sewers. Individual rain barrels, a fantastic way to ensure your yard stays healthy during the summer without using up precious water resources, are available to each household with attendance at a seminar designed to increase education of conservation.
Changing this fundamental approach to storm-water management is a huge leap forward in decreasing our reliance on treated water, and in managing wastewater runoff. This is an exciting innovation that may have industrial applications, going forward.