Why You Should Stockpile Water in Case of a Power Outage
“Why should you keep spare water in case of a blackout?”
Because of interdependencies, when the electricity goes out, it also takes out other infrastructure with it. When this outage is large scale, water supplies can also be affected. If residents do not have any backups, then they could be without water for days. This is Why You Should Stockpile Water in Case of a Power Outage.
“How can we keep stormwater in an enclosed plant area to build flood resilience?”
Plants and soil are great for absorbing stormwater runoff. However, it can be hard to keep the water inside the necessary area. So how can we use our engineering mindsets to solve this? Well what if we were to create a curb that would encircle an green area with a small opening so water could enter? This is the idea behind a Stormwater Bumpout, a smart, easy, and sustainable way to manage incoming stormwater.
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Stormwater Tree Trench
“How can we have a natural flood resilience system almost naked to the human eye?”
Urban stormwater resilience will be one of the biggest topics in the new climate. However, a lot of times solutions leave the surface exposed. So how can we use our engineering mindsets to solve this? Well, what if we were to just have a series of trees with an engineered system in the sidewalk that would siphon water to move underneath their roots? This is the idea behind a Stormwater Tree Trench, which are used in a variety of cities to manage their stormwater.
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“How can we have a miniaturized rain garden?”
Rain Gardens are great for building large-scale flood resilience in tune with the environment. But sometimes we need it to take place on a smaller scale. This can be done with Stormwater Planters, which can funnel stormwater runoff into planters to nourish plant-life.
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“What is a simple way to build resilience against urban water runoff?”
With the advent of the changing climate, flood resilience will be a hot topic for urban areas. One of the simplest green stormwater infrastructure methods is to simply build Rain Gardens which can divert runoff water into depressed areas with soil to grow greenery. This is a simple and cost-effective method to enhance climate change resilience.
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Green Stormwater Infrastructure
“How can nature be used as stormwater infrastructure?”
With the advent of climate change, floods are becoming more and more common. To adapt to this and build resilience, municipalities must build stormwater infrastructure in a sustainable manner. One of the best ways to approach this is with Green Stormwater Infrastructure, in which plants and soil are used to absorb stormwater runoff into the earth, evaporate some into the air, and even release some into the sewer.
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“How does flooding in urban areas occur and how does it damage infrastructure?”
Floods occur when there is an overflow of water in an area that is usually dry. This can occur in urban areas as well, usually caused by too much rainfall or a burst in storm control infrastructure. Urban Flooding can wreak havoc on communities and cost upwards of billions of dollars in damages.