Philadelphia Green Projects Help Reduce Basement Floodings
Philadelphia's sewers were first constructed in the 1800s and then rebuilt in the early 1900s. Since then, the city has grown with more surface area where storm runoff is diverted into the older sewers. When a large amount of rain passes through the area, sewers are sometimes unable to handle the surge of water and it ends up escaping the system to the next highest point: your basement.
Basement sewer overflows are one of the many worst-nightmare situations for homeowners. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to come to your home and clean up the mess, but it's also important to find solutions to stop the problem for happening in the first place.
That's why the Philadelphia Water Department's Storm Water Management is making strides to incorporate green storm water management systems by offering grants, programs and public works projects to protect our water supply and fix problems that cause the sewers to flood your home. Over 1669 projects have been completed from green roofs to tree and flower planters that store storm water that the plants benefit from.
For information to get a grant to build a green storm water management system, visit: http://www.phila.gov/water/wu/stormwater/Pages/default.aspx