Absorbing the Impact of Stormwater

Philadelphia takes a simple, innovative approach to stormwater management.

Absorbing the Impact of Stormwater

Meg Malloy pulls and checks a dome drain filter in the Columbus Park neighborhood. These sidewalk planters work to catch water from street and sidewalk runoff next to a community garden. Community gardens are spread throughout Philadelphia and are helping with stormwater control.

Philadelphia has a significant combined sewer overflow problem. To solve the problem, the Philadelphia Water Department came up with a solution so elemental that it just might work.

The comprehensive plan covers everything from sustainable home improvements to business credits and...

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