In 2016 it’s hard to imagine that the U.S. would be facing substantial water crisis in many parts of the country. You don’t have to look very far to see that the conditions of the drinking water alone, see the lead poisoning in water supplies in Flint, MI., are alarming and foreshadowing of a future of desperation.
John Thomas in an article on Bluffton Today, Facing the Stormwater Crisis, writes that although stormwater is prominent in the news (flooding in South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas), “we are failing to address larger problems with solutions that could aid in flood control.” Thomas explains how pollutant levels in stormwater runoff are so high that our treatment technology cannot remove enough to make tap water safe for human consumption.
Avoid future crisis. “Imagine the impact on water quality and flooding if all developments were required to design their sites using LID standards.”
Not only would the installation of high quality drainage systems such as the MaxWell® drywell increase flood control in these areas, but they would also pre-treat the recharged stormwater. It’s safe to assume that Thomas had drywells and similar, low-cost, low-impact drainage solutions in mind when writing this article.
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