With hurricanes on the mind, you may be wondering if you should develop a stormwater system at home. Caused by rain, snow, or the runoff that results from melted snow, stormwater has only four places to go: It is absorbed into the soil, evaporated into the air, held on the surface, or diverted into other bodies of water such as streams, rivers, and lakes.
In a natural environment such as a forest or valley, none of this would be a problem. Stormwater simply absorbs into its surroundings or evaporated into the air. In developed environments, it’s a little more difficult. Concrete ground cover such as streets and sidewalks prevent water absorption by the ground, and overhead buildings and skyscrapers slow the process of evaporation. This can cause two core issues: flooding and pollution.
Here Are Three Signs You Might Need a Stormwater System:
1. If You Experience Erosion
Excess water can erode crop fields, pond barriers, hillsides, and acres of forested land. Flooded soil can kill plants, turn ponds and lakes into marshes, and erode hillsides into landslides. Needless to say these kinds of conditions are not ideal—especially if you live or work in agricultural or recreational areas. If, when it rains, you find flooded areas of your fields or ponds, or notice muddy runoff from your hillsides, you might need a stormwater management system.
2. If You Experience Flooding
In a natural environment, 10% of precipitation is runoff, 40% is evaporated, 25% infiltrates shallow soil, and 25% infiltrates deeper soil. In urban environments, 55% of precipitation is runoff, 30% evaporates, 10% infiltrates shallow soil, and 5% infiltrates deeper soil. As you can imagine, this large amount of runoff can cause substantial flooding.
With nowhere to go, water accumulates in homes and basements causing respiratory problems and other illness. Not to mention, it reduces property value by 10-25%. Businesses that experience flooding have a hard time recovering. In fact, 40% of small businesses are unable to reopen following a flooding catastrophe. Flooding causes sewer backups and infrastructure damage that are costly to repair and detrimental to the environment.
If you experience flooding on your property or in and around your home, you might want to install a stormwater system.
3. If Your Water Runoff Becomes Contaminated
It’s easy to forget that many of our surfaces contain substances that could be harmful to our health. Especially if leached into our water systems. Fertilizers on the lawn or in the soil, chemicals used on roofing tiles or pavement, and sewer discharge can make its way into our lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans polluting our watersheds and our environment.
If you experience excessive runoff polluted by your ground surfaces, consider installing a stormwater management system.
How To Develop a Stormwater Management System
Thankfully, stormwater systems keep erosion, flooding, and water pollution at bay. The EPA employs a number of stormwater management methods including green roofs, permeable pavements, bioretention areas, and sand and organic filters. These methods allow more water to be absorbed by the soil, evaporated into the sky, and redirected to sustainable uses such as rooftop gardens and rainwater harvesting systems.
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