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Sustainable Drainage: Why, What, and How?


You’ve likely noticed a shift in weather patterns and news reports related to extreme weather events. To better combat flash flooding, drainage has become more sustainable. Such efforts are necessary to keep people safe and homes protected from the ravages of flooding. How can water management become more sustainable, what efforts are being put into place, and why are they necessary? Take a dive into the deep end of the issue to find out.


The main goal of sustainable water management is proper run-off management. Flood water can contaminate municipal water, posing a variety of risks to the public. Focusing on draining that’s sustainable is also essential for efforts to create new habitats for local wildlife.


Sustainable drainage is necessary to better ensure excess water continues to drain for years and years to come. By leaving systems as they are, there’s the risk of their performance compromising, which presents a number of unnecessary risks. Something else to think about is the overall quality of water, which is improved with proper management measures. Natural groundwater recharge is another goal of sustainable water management. Proper draining also addresses pollution.


The process of draining water in a way that’s sustainable involves:

  • Collection
  • Treatment
  • Re-use
  • Infiltration
  • Attenuation
  • Conveyance

Several techniques are also wrapped up in the “how” of sustainability, and so are several parts, such as culverts and pipes. Professionals have to keep the rest of the water cycle in mind while developing a more sustainable method of managing water.

Sustainability and You

What does all this talk of sustainability have to do with you, a homeowner? Well, if you’re looking to build your next home or add an addition to your current property, be sure you plan for proper and sustainable water management, especially if you live in an area that’s prone to flooding or extreme weather events.

You want to continue watching rainwater drain away from your home, not flood it for days on end. Keep proper drainage in mind as you plan your home remodel or upgrade.