As a property owner, it can be hard to understand what to do about stormwater on your property. You may think that because you don’t have flooding or other problems on your property that you can’t help solve our stormwater problems.
Working to slow down rain water, hold it back during peak flows, and keep it clean is the responsibility of everyone, and what you do has an impact across your entire watershed. Read below to find out some of the benefits to managing stormwater on your property, and then explore the tools and information to get started here!
There might be some terminology below that you haven’t heard before, so click over to our stormwater dictionary here.
- Reduces risk of flooding
- Improves water quality of lakes where families swim (reduces beach closures)
- Improves water quality of fishing areas (better food quality, increases fishing opportunities)
- Reduces water consumption
- Reduces unexpected expenses due to storms/flooding – homeowners’ insurance policies in Canada don’t cover home damage caused by over-land flooding
- Reduces water bill by using harvested rainwater for watering gardens and more
- Increases property value – aesthetic and preparing for future/reducing impact on municipal infrastructure
- Green roofs and permeable pavement have longer lifespans
- Low Impact Developments (LIDs) are flexible, can create a space that reflects your style and values
- Makes a more liveable community
- Increases living space
- Improves mental health