Stormwater management is a complex challenge that extends beyond just preventing flooding. It involves creating a balance between urban development and natural water cycles, managing both the quality and quantity of urban runoff water. Stormwater management is particularly relevant in built-up areas, where impervious surfaces like roads and buildings hinder the natural infiltration of water. This situation leads to increased flood risks and environmental pollution.
Retention Tanks and Rain Gardens
Recent scientific studies highlight the importance of sustainable approaches in stormwater management. A 2020 study illustrates this with two case studies in Poland. These studies examine the technical and economic aspects of solutions such as retention tanks and rain gardens. The findings demonstrate that these solutions are not only effective in reducing stormwater nuisances but can also be economically sustainable, especially when supported by financial incentive schemes.
Integrated Stormwater Management Solution
To combine water management with urban greening, the TreeParker system is used as an integrated solution. This underground tree bunker system provides space for tree root growth as well as for the collection and discharge of stormwater. By capturing excess rainwater and gradually releasing it to the surrounding soil, the TreeParker system reduces the load on sewer systems and simultaneously promotes the growth and vitality of trees.
Limited Space for WADIs
The WADI (Water Drainage and Infiltration) is a frequently applied method to better capture water and allow it to infiltrate the ground. A WADI is a low-lying area often planted with water-absorbing vegetation, acting as a natural sponge. Although WADIs are a green and sustainable solution for water infiltration, in urban environments, every square meter is typically intensively utilized. This often leaves little room for sufficient green areas with WADIs to prevent waterlogging.
In places where space does not allow for above-ground WADIs, the TreeParker system offers a solution. This system is essentially an underground WADI. Water enters the TreeParker system from street level through a line drain or catch basin. The system is equipped with drainage pipes, allowing the water to be released into the soil. However, the water must be able to drain away, so in areas with high water tables, an underground WADI in the form of the TreeParker system is not feasible. In areas with lower water tables, it is an optimal solution for water storage and maintaining groundwater levels. The system requires little space compared to an above-ground WADI, making it easy to implement in many locations. Additionally, cables and pipes, which are abundant in urban environments, can be seamlessly integrated into the system. Thus, the TreeParker system contributes to urban greening while simultaneously preventing waterlogging.
Implementing Stormwater Management?
Interested in exploring the possibilities with the TreeParker system for stormwater management and urban greening? Contact us and we will be happy to provide you with advice.