April Showers

Join us Saturday, April 16 from 2-5 pm at the Work Hard office at 744 E Warrington Ave in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood to learn how stormwater management can help you save money while improving the environment. This event is fun for the whole family. We will have educational activities for children and resources for property owners and residents to manage rainwater at your home or office.

Wet Weather Ahead

Besides being able to reduce water in your basement after heavy storms, better stormwater management strategies can have a positive impact on our environment, community, and economy. As little as one-tenth of an inch of rain will overwhelm the wastewater treatment plant, run by ALCOSAN, that serves Pittsburgh and 82 other regional municipalities. When the system is over capacity, excess water and sewage overflow directly into the rivers. According to the EPA, 93% of storms in the Pittsburgh region generate more than one-tenth of an inch of rain, as illustrated in the following pie chart:

SW PA annual rainfall

Source: Addressing Green Infrastructure Design Challenges in the Pittsburgh Region, EPA, January 2014.

Pittsburgh receives most of its rainfall between May and September, as illustrated in the bar graph below. This causes water pollution and higher water treatment costs. You can become part of the solution to the wet weather problem while improving your property value and saving money. The answer is called Green Infrastructure and it is designed to prevent stormwater from ever reaching a storm drain.

Precipitation by Month

Source: Addressing Green Infrastructure Design Challenges in the Pittsburgh Region, EPA, January 2014.

Join us on April 16th to learn more or contact us today for information on our unique solutions to your stormwater challenges. The event will feature the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, Saw Mill Run Watershed Association, and the Climate Urban Systems Partnership and is sponsored by New Sun Rising and Green Mountain Energy.