15 Feb '12, 1pm

How Philly is Financing Storm Water Retrofits

How Philly is Financing Storm Water Retrofits

Inefficient storm water systems can lead to standing water in city streets, flooding in residents' basements and CSOs in local waterways. Photo: Flickr/Alan Stanton Earlier this month, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a new report on how local and state governments can stimulate potentially billions of dollars in private investment to offset the costs of repairing their antiquated storm water infrastructures. The report uses Philadelphia as a test case to explore private-sector financing options for storm water retrofits. The city is one of nearly 800 in America that uses a combined sewer system, which processes storm water runoff through the same set of pipes that handles sewage from buildings. During heavy rain, water treatment facilities can’t accommodate all the water, which triggers the release valve on the system – causing both sewage and storm water to...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2012/02/15/how-philly-is-financi...

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