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Pittsburgh Stormwater Solutions

Pittsburgh Stormwater Solutions

Proper drainage is critical to any successful landscape. In the past, many landscapers’ goals were to route stormwater directly underground after leaving the perimeter of the home, creating the need for large quantities of municipal water usage to maintain lawns and planting beds. Now there are many ways to divert this water away from your home or office building, yet preserve some as an asset to reduce your personal water usage. Two important goals are accomplished: the amount of water flowing into overtaxed community stormwater systems is reduced while decreasing the need for additional watering on your property. Roots of plants will filtrate this water into the soil and will naturally remove solid and dissolved pollutants.

In developed areas, spaces are often filled with impervious surfaces and compacted soils, leaving it difficult or nearly impossible for rainwater to filter into the ground as in a natural environmental setting. Water moves over these areas, picking up pollution and sediment along the way and is then sent into a storm drain, which empties out into the nearest stream or waterway. This results in eroded stream banks and often drought and stress for native vegetation and local wildlife habitats.