Why Not Water?

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

Ok, smart people: “EcoGeek”:http://www.ecogeek.org/ talks about Georgia flooding on “the YouTubes”:http://is.gd/4hWqA 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”:http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/press-releases/2009-08-11-5__energy_saving_initiatives.aspx 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”:http://brianbehm.com/ pointed out it is/was against the law in some places, “like Colorado”:http://bit.ly/nt8y2, 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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