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Feb20

Stormwater: A Burden or a Great Source of Water?

Stormwater is defined as rainwater that has fallen at ground level. It is typically found on impervious surfaces such as pavements, parking areas and hardscapes. It can be contaminated by road soil, hydrocarbons from automobiles and other debris. In large volumes, it can have a negative impact on a community’s stormwater infrastructure.  So how can we turn this liability into an asset?  By harvesting it for reuse!

Stormwater runoffs can create several problems such as pollution, flooding, soil erosion, and groundwater reduction. Many municipalities require that stormwater be detained on site, which can be very expensive.  The stormwater harvesting system is a great all of these negatives to create a positive.

A stormwater harvesting system utilizes this resource by capturing it and storing it in cisterns, which are often below-grade.  The system then filters and sanitizes the water for reuse.  Ideal applications are non-potable uses such as irrigation, flushing toilets, manufacturing processes, and other commercial purposes.  This is not only good for the environment but will also save money utility bills.

Stormwater harvesting is a good practice for commercial properties looking to conserve water and save money.