In Atlanta, we have the unique challenge of balancing the amount of building/hardscape coverage with the amount of permeable surfaces for a project. When it rains in Atlanta, it’s easy to find flash flooding, rain flows resembling level 5 river rapids flowing down streets, overwhelmed storm drains, and creeks that look like rivers. The flooding disables the city and pollutes our water sources.
The devastating effects of the flash flood can be mitigated through an increased focus on changes to runoff velocities and volumes, and proper urban growth planning. Architects can play a big role in managing water runoff for cities. Architects must continue to educate themselves on how to design highly effective rain collection and distribution designs and systems to help alleviate water runoff.The basic idea is to keep your storm water on your property