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A rainwater harvesting system collects rain from the roof of your house, Shed or garden room roof and uses the water naturally flowing into your existing guttering. Rather than flowing into the drains, the rainwater is directed towards a above or underground store depending, on application or aesthetic required. where it passes through a filter and is then stored within the tank. This oxygen rich water mixes with existing stored water ensuring an oxygenated rich water supply which is self cleaning using a natural biological process created due to increased levels of oxygen in the water.
This stored supply of water can then be used to irrigate your garden, replenish your water feature or like a normal hose pipe pumped anywhere you desire. Helping you protect the environment whilst also providing you with water that is for your more beneficial to your garden than the water straight out of tap due to not having the chemicals added during the water treatment process
Everyday decisions such as creating vehicle parking areas on our properties can have environmental consequences. As green land is continuing to be developed , we are altering the way rainwater run off affects our landscapes. Increasing the area covered by hard surfaces (roads, roofs, driveways and patios) which stop and redirect surface water run-off before it has a chance to permeate naturally into the ground. This creates multiple problems, which are likely to get worse as UK and global development continues. Permeable paving combines hard standing with a proven Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS), and works in a very different way to traditional paving. It is designed to allow rainfall to permeate immediately through the surface near to where the rain lands so surface ponding is eradicated without the need for a channel drainage system. The water flows into a specially prepared sub-base, where the voids between the stones act as a temporary reservoir. During a rainstorm, the water is collected in the sub-base before it is released slowly by natural infiltration into the ground beneath the driveway, or into the main sewer at a controlled rate via a flow control, or a combination of both.However, many are still wary about implementing permeable paving due to some common misconceptions. It is important to eradicate these modern-day myths as flooding and over loaded sewers are becoming an increasing concern and when planning landscaping project that involves hardscaping, it is vital to take drainage into consideration even if the project isn’t taking place in a flood risk area. it protects watercourses from pollutants originating on the traditionally-drained impermeable surfaces and preventing excess water run-off in all areas reduces the worst of the effects for areas that will be affected downstream. During heavy sustained rainfall the drainage system can become overloaded and cause flooding. This has resulted Government legislation and it is becoming increasingly important to focus on well balanced, sustainable driveway design.This is one of the key strategies behind SuDS as it enables at Source Control, to control of storm water at its source, rather than at a treatment works downstream. As more and more of the country is developed, these two problems become and more prominent SuDS aims to address these problems.
It is commonly believed that because clay is dense and difficult for water to permeate, stored rainwater will ‘back up’ and fill up the sub-base. This situation can be avoided using simple engineering. When the ground isn’t sufficiently porous to allow the water to infiltrate into the ground quickly enough, the sub-base can be tanked (a tanked system can be used in any ground condition) and outflow pipes installed to release the water at a controlled rate. The aperture of pipe dictates the rate at which the excess is released.
Any surfacing product that is absorbent can potentially suffer with freezing during the winter months, as water collects in small voids in the surface and then expands when it freezes causing the surfacing material to be 'blown apart’. However, with permeable block paving, water doesn't sits on the surface, as it flows quickly down the voids and into the sub-base. This is not always the case with permeable macadam (tarmac) or permeable concrete, where the voids are smaller and likely to collect water.
As with any project, you have to compare the total cost of a system rather than just the surfacing product. Priced on a per metre basis, permeable blocks may be slightly more expensive than an equivalent area macadam(tarmac) surface, but when drainage channel and water storage are factored in, permeable and non-permeable paving projects work out at a broadly similar cost. However, when channel drainage gets blocked, which happens if regular maintenance is not carried out costs are significant because it’s difficult to access and clear the underground pipes. Should permeable paving require any maintenance, a brushing the surface is all that’s required, so ongoing maintenance costs of permeable paving are lower than impermeable alternatives.
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