Reduce Stormwater Runoff Generated From Your Home
There are plenty of simple steps you can take to reduce stormwater runoff on your own property by either storing it, directing it to the appropriate location, or minimizing impervious surfaces that don't allow the rain to soak into the ground. Check out these great websites for ideas:
Rain barrels and rain gardens are another way to reduce stormwater runoff. Rain gardens - also called bioretention areas - are depressed perennial or shrub gardens with both water and drought-tolerant plants. Rain gardens manage runoff by collecting rainwater from rooftops and lawns into the garden, where it can infiltrate into the ground. Rain gardens are designed to hold water for only a few hours after a storm, leaving limited opportunity for mosquitoes to breed.
Rain barrels are simple devices that decrease the amount of rainwater reaching the ground in a particular area and draining into streams and storm drains. The utilization of rain barrels can reduce erosion, sedimentation and pollution, and prevents stormwater drainage systems from being overwhelmed.
If 20,000 homes in Palm Coast harvested and reused 500 gallons of rainwater from every two inches of rainfall (average 50 inches per year), the benefit to the City's stormwater system would be significant. That would equate to 250 million gallons of water per year that would not be pumped from Florida's aquifers and would not have to be disposed of in the City's Stormwater system.
*NOTE: Rainwater is not potable due to the potential presence of contaminants from roofing materials.