In the Budget: Waterlines, Sewers
BluePrint Columbus to Build Green Infrastructure in Columbus
Plans for green infrastructure in Columbus have been proposed, accepted and are ready for implementation. In response to issues with some overflow in our city sewer system, a greener, more affordable and innovative solution has been approved. Rather than completely reinventing the wheel or continue building bigger and bigger and BIGGER sewer pipes, Blueprint Columbus will invest billions to rehabilitate existing infrastructure. GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, that is!
Greener, Cleaner, Better.
In conjunction with the WWMP (Waste Water Master Plan) Blueprint Columbus is divided into four pillars:
Lateral Rehabilitation: Reducing infiltration and inflow from private properties
Roof Redirection: Redirects runoff water from our roofs to flow directly into the soil (Rather than sewer drains)
Sump Pumps: Preventing the flow of water from entering foundation drains
Green Infrastructure: Allowing water to drain naturally through the soil rather than collected in our sewer drains.
Blueprint columbus leads with the tagline Clean streams. Strong neighborhoods. As it is, the columbus community is showing marked support for the plan. According to the Columbus Dispatch,
“If the city of Columbus has to spend $2.5 billion to stop stormwater from overwhelming sanitary-sewer lines, getting the job done by turning roadside strips, vacant lots and patches of park into grassy rain gardens is far more appealing than building 28 miles of underground tunnels that would sit empty all but a few days per year”
We share this sentiment.
We know a thing or two about rehabilitation. If done with creativity, care and dedication the results can be beautiful, functional and strong. The health of a city is made up of many parts. Some we can see, and others are less visible. We’re fortunate to be living in a city that looks to maintain health both below ground and above.
“In the planning and designing of new communities, housing projects, and urban renewal, the planners both private and public, need to give explicit consideration to the kind of world that is being created for the children who will be growing up in these settings. Particular attention should be given to the opportunities which the environment presents or precludes for involvement of children both older and younger than themselves.”