Why Not Water?

By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - Save & Share - 2 Comments

Ok, smart people: EcoGeek talks about Georgia flooding on the YouTubes this week. Why not build water collecting/storing roofs for corporate buildings and parking lots? Seems like a better bang/buck than solar panels, ecologically speaking. The large international corporation that employs me is installing solar panels along with other government approved efforts but I’m wondering if this idea carries more weight. If not, why? Are solar panels and water heaters just sexier?

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2 Responses to “Why Not Water?”

Comment from etrigan
Time October 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm

A buddy pointed out it is/was against the law in some places, like Colorado, because the water needs to flow downstream for farmers, etc. but they’re specifically still banning it in (sub)urban areas. Since EcoGeek’s pointing out that the increase in non-permeable land is a major contributor to flooding, how about a water delay system. Something that retards the flow, giving the ground more time to absorb?

Comment from etrigan
Time October 13, 2009 at 2:31 pm

OK, now I’m thinking a water retardation system might be the ticket. Large tanks (ground level or underground) that detect the saturation levels of the surrounding soil, releasing water as appropriate.

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