Silicon Valley is home to some of the most modern and innovative ideas in technology. Beyond the apps and social networks are the cities that make up Silicon Valley and each have their own unique stormwater management issues. Storm drains that functioned like hidden highways in Palo Alto are showing their age but are in the midst of a major overhaul. Silicon Valley recognizes the importance and impact proper stormwater management can have on the present and future for cities like Palo Alto. In a recent article focused on Silicon Valley’s stormwater, the conversation is changing about how cities look at their options.
“Now, as Palo Alto moves ahead with a major effort to upgrade the system, city officials aren’t just looking to install new pumps and dig new drains. They are also looking to transform the city’s traditional way of looking at stormwater,” the report said.
Long gone are the days of viewing stormwater as a nuisance and city planners want to make it a resource by harvesting rainwater in an effort aimed at water-quality improvement and groundwater replenishment. Getting the public vote for a $1.02 increase per month on storm drain bills should be easily swayed considering the enormous upside to proper stormwater management. Efforts to transition negative connotations about stormwater into positive, proactive implications will be seen on residents’ bills where “storm drain fees” will now be “storm management fees”.
As Palo Alto gears up their stormwater management efforts Torrent won’t be far behind with over 44 years of experience in drainage solutions.
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