How to Use Rain as a Resource
Ideas to SLOW it down
- Depave your driveway
- Naturalize your yard by planting native trees, shrubs and flowers
- Install a rain barrel and use collected water to:
- water gardens
- wash your car
- wash your dog
- water indoor plants
- Disconnect your downspouts from the municipal sewer drains, direct them into rain gardens instead to help absorb rain and reduce flooding
- Have a naturalized stormwater retention pond installed to catch runoff
Ideas to SOAK it up
- Plant a Rain Garden
- Replace pavement or concrete with:
- Gravel, stones or pebbles
- Pervious concrete
- Porous or permeable asphalt (good for areas that will be snow plowed and need to remain level, like we are doing in a parking lot in Sackville)
- Concrete grid pavers
- Interlocking concrete tiles
- Grass tiles (also called reinforced turf pavers or turf slab)
- Install a green roof on your home or out-buildings
Low Impact Commitments
Do you care about flooding and its impacts on your community? EOS collected photo commitments (see below) from many local residents about how they plan to use rain as a resource. Post your own photos on social media with #RainAsAResource to show what you’re doing at home to reduce flooding. By following #RainAsAResource on social media, you can see what others in the area are doing to lessen their impact on the environment. See the photo commitments we gathered here:
EOS Eco-Energy is using rain as a resource too!
Here is our first depaving project near the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park in June 2019
What is depaving?
Why is depaving important?
When water hits impervious surfaces such as asphalt pavement and concrete, it is unable to enter the soil and ground water system. This causes rain and meltwater to run into storm sewers and local waterways. This runoff water can carry pollutants such as oil, pesticides and plastics.
When polluted water enters a water body, it can have devastating effects on riparian plant and animal health, destroy habitat and lower water quality. Depaving allows water to naturally enter the soil and groundwater system, filtering out pollutants before they reach local water bodies.
Check out the CBC article about our project at the link below!
The depaved site had it’s first test the day after it was completed. The rain is able to seep into the reservoir below ground where it will continue to percolate into the ground.
LID is not always appropriate or recommended depending on the type and location of project. Always contact a professional for advice in order to avoid issues such as directing water into basements and creating runoff to areas that you don’t intend to.
Here’s our Final Report:
This project is being funded by:
In partnership with the Town of Sackville