By living “Green”, you are being a good manager of the Earth that we have. There are many aspects of the Green Revolution, and it is being conscientious of the long term effects of your actions. On this page we focus our efforts on water management.
Storm water runoff is a concern that we’ve all heard of in one way or another. When runoff is unmanaged, it causes harmful/polluted runoff, overburdened storm sewers, swelling creeks and flooding rivers.
Rain is soft by nature. It is great for watering your lawn and gardens, washing your car, topping off your pool, and many other uses. After following state codes, we’ve even heard of it being used for the grey water system in houses! Now, if only there was a way to make it rain just a little bit every day...
Storing rainwater in a visually pleasant way is one of the biggest challenges. Storage in barrels looks marginally ok, and storage in a water silo borderlines on unsightly. With the Aquascape RainXChange system, we now have a way to store water underground safely and beautifully. The system allows for vehicle traffic over them when covered with pavers, and also incorporates a beautiful water feature to keep the water fresh.
Rainwater harvesting is being brought into our conversations more and more. It definitely has a place, and capturing rain efficiently helps reduce the need for infrastructure upgrades. By storing rainwater on site, septic and supply lines don’t need to be expanded, and our storm sewer system won’t be over-taxed as much. Reading Farmer Boy to my children, we learned they even captured rain water in the 18th century for many uses. Why not start today at your home?
Here’s a video on how a RainXchange system is installed:
Parking lots, driveways and streets are one of the biggest contributors to rain water runoff. The impervious surface does not allow water to travel through it into the soil where it can return to the water table. Permeable pavement is a great way to help send storm water back into the soil. They allow water to flow through the joints between the pavers and into the soil.
Belgard's site goes into more details about how it’s done. In the end, a Holland “Brick” style paver is the most common. The differences between a permeable paver and a typical paver are almost not known to the un-trained eye.
Another great way to help reduce rainwater runoff in the storm sewer system is through rain gardens. Blue Thumb is a great resource on beautiful ways to manage storm water and run-off water. A rain garden is a space that is dug out, the soil is loosened, and plants that thrive in both flooding and drought conditions are planted. Native plants are selected for their deep roots helping the water percolate down to the existing water table. This process cleans and helps purify water runoff. The garden is designed so the water will enter the soil within 24 hours, thus keeping them from becoming a mosquito hatchery. The added beauty will be greatly appreciated by all who see it!