The management of rainwater is an increasingly important priority for counties and municipalities across the United States. Impermeable surfaces such as roofs and driveways, and the poor water absorption of manicured lawns, lead to storm water running into waterways, bringing pollutants with it.
Storm water also sits and stagnates in many locations, where it can breed mosquitoes and pose a risk to public health by spreading diseases such as the potentially fatal West Nile virus.
Homeowners can help by capturing rainwater or making it easier for rainwater to seep into the soil.
Items you will need:
- Concrete pavers or permeable paving
- Water barrels / water tanks or cistern
- Bark mulch, compost or wood chips
Step 1: Camber your lawn so that rainwater will run from the surface, rather than pooling up and forming puddles.
Step 2: Ensure that your driveway is convex or has a noticeable downhill slant, to dispel rain.
Step 3: Consider building your driveway and walkways with individual concrete pavers or permeable paving. These allow water to sink into the soil, rather than pooling up or running off into storm drains.
Step 4: Build an underground drainage field beneath your lawn to carry away excess rainfall from the grass and from your roof’s downspouts.
Step 1: Install rain water barrels/rain water tanks to capture a portion of the rain that falls on your roof, and release it later when the soil is dry. If you live in an area with heavy seasonal rains, consider installing a larger cistern or water tank to store greater quantities of water for lawn and garden use.
Step 2: Convert a portion of your lawn into garden beds. The loose, crumbly soil of a garden absorbs more rainfall than a lawn does.
Step 3: Mulch around your garden beds, trees and shrubs with bark mulch, compost or wood chips. The mulch will help trap the rainwater in absorbent areas, where it won’t puddle and stagnate.
Step 4: Construct swales and rain gardens to drain standing water from your lawn. These are areas of loose, absorbent soil covered respectively with grass or native wildflowers that trap surplus rainwater and help it filter or “infiltrate” into the soil.
Source: National Geographic (By Fred Decker, Demand Media)
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