Storm water harvesting has emerged as a commendable sustainable practice over the last few years. Homeowners and businesses alike can find suitable collection and storage technologies that fit into their property and fulfill their water conservation goals. For commercial establishments or companies, specifically, the advantages that can be gleaned from these innovative stormwater solutions are valuable.
“Do you want a more sustainable home? Like many others today, you can explore various creative ways to reduce your use of resources like energy and water, as well as reduce waste. You can keep better watch or control of your consumption by enforcing household policies with your family, for instance, or reuse items that you would have otherwise thrown out.
When it comes to water conservation, you also have to think of limiting excess consumption or waste and promoting smart use throughout the home. One solution that some homes are implementing for water efficiency is the use of stormwater systems. By collecting, treating, and storing storm runoff, these technologies help provide you an alternative or additional supply of water that you can use for a variety of domestic chores like washing your cars, watering your lawn or the plants in your garden and flushing the toilets.”
The North Carolina Coastal Federation (NCCF) hosted a program last May 28, which brought around 45 officials and civil engineers from all over the country to Wrightsville Beach to evaluate a stormwater BMP concept they pioneered. The BMP involves using runoff reduction techniques that sever the direct connection of rainfall and runoff to local waters. It employed the use of infiltration chambers that let polluted runoff seep slowly into the earth instead of going directly into outfall pipes and local waters.
Whether you have your own water supply or you rely on the water provided by the city, having a reliable source of water is crucial in any home. After all, there are many everyday situations, such as bathing and laundry, that demand you have enough water on hand. According to research conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American family (four people) consumes roughly 400 gallons of water per day.
The amount of water that the average American household uses is eye-popping, and homeowners can only imagine how much that usage contributes toward their monthly water bills. Fortunately, there are many ways homeowners can reduce the amount of water they use at home. One such way would be to have residential stormwater solutions like StormChambers installed at home.
According to data gathered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), floods caused $2,861,426,089 worth of damage in 2014. Over the last 30 years, the NOAA estimates that floods have caused $7.96 billion in damages each year.
With the devastating effects of flooding well-documented, it is important that city government, industrial, and commercial sectors should have robust stormwater systems in place. With these systems in place, water is safely stored and disposed of before a flood can cause significant property damage.
There’s currently no sign of California’s dry spell abating. With much of the state’s sources of water bone dry, authorities have turned to the Pacific for their water need. All eyes are currently on the Carlsbad desalination plant, which will provide San Diego County with seven percent of its water needs. A second plant in Huntington Beach has been proposed but awaiting approval.
While desalination plants have created oases in the most arid places, some believe desalination shouldn’t be the long-term solution. In a letter to David Pisarra and his article on desalination in the Santa Monica Daily Press, Matthew King, communications director of the nonprofit Heal The Bay, argued that a more natural course is needed.
Last April, the city council of Fremont, NE convened to look at their numbers regarding the city’s flood mitigation projects: a viaduct and a levee. Currently, the city is funding the construction of the viaduct, which began a few years ago after voters approved it. Meanwhile, the levee would help significantly especially with rapid response by emergency crews.
Both projects would cost the city close to $28 million. Unfortunately, according to Jody Sanders, the city’s director of finance, the city would still be $2.6 million short even with the reserves. Mayor Scott Getzschman sees no other way to acquire the deficit but through taxes, which isn’t always a popular option. The council is expected to vote on the final budget on September this year.