1. Sustainability Problem
Excessive rain in urban environments can lead to overburdening of sewer infrastructure, and can also lead to excessive run-off caused erosion in rural areas. Increasing climate change-caused variability will likely increase the likelihood of flooding in certain areas in the future.
2. The Technology
Permeable pavements (anything from porous asphalts and concretes, to grass-like turfs) can help slow the rate of flood-caused water run-off, thus mitigating flooding and erosion. It can also help with groundwater recharge, as makes use of water that would normally end up becoming wastewater.
- Individuals/households downstream or low lying areas, from farmland that might use herbicides and pesticides on their crops.
- Urban areas with old, overburdened drainage systems
- Developers looking to break ground on new commercial and residential projects
- State and local municipalities that are worried about increased flooding in future decades
Developers could seek incentives for utilizing this technology in future projects. City governments could also partner with companies that develop this technology to conduct more robust research to get a better sense of how large-scale implementation will positively effect flooding within a specific area or region.