Technology and Engineering

ISMP utilizes technology and engineering to facilitate the removal of surface water in ways that replicate nature. These measures include the following:

  • Pervious paving and infrastructure
    Pervious materials allow water to seep into the ground, mimicking soil. This technology can take many forms, from asphalt that water can seep through, to interlocking pavers with space for grass to grow.
  • Green roofs
    Green roofs serve a number of beneficial purposes: they function to slow down the rate at which rainwater is removed from roofs via gutters; they act as a natural insulator helping to keep buildings cool in the summer; and they provide natural habitat for our urban insects and animals.
  • Accounting for future development and climate change
    The long lifespan required of infrastructure and development means that we have to plan for what the City and climate will look like many decades in the future, as opposed to that which we have experienced in the past. Climate change will bring more intense rainfall, which will require the City to deal with a significant increase of stormwater.
  • Grey Water Reuse
    Grey water includes all wastewater generated by residences and businesses other than wastewater from toilets. This includes water from sinks, showers, baths, washing machines and dishwashers. The reuse of grey water requires that it first be captured, reducing the amount and speed of this water back into the environment, then stored for appropriate use at a later date. Rainwater is also a valuable, reusable resource that is wasted when allowed to simply run off our roofs and streets. These sources of water all have the potential to be repurposed for functions including toilet flushing, landscape irrigation and other non-potable uses.

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