Learning to live with more water
Surface flooding from groundwater is predicted to become more significant in the future due to both increased rainfall volumes, and sea-level rise associated with climate change.
We're susceptible to fluctuating groundwater levels given our position between mountains and the ocean, the types of natural environments across our district and the natural places where groundwater discharges.
How do we live with more water? We’ve talked about what we are doing improve our stormwater network which will reduce the risk of flooding, now let’s look at some ways to protect your property.
A good place to start is your own home – build with nature, not against it.
- Think about how rain water will flow over your property and remember it will naturally and inevitably collect in dips and channels. Don’t obstruct an overland flow path – this will cause flooding.
- Reduce the amount of impermeable sealed surfaces on your property such as concrete or asphalt
- Soak pits or holes come in a variety of forms and work by collected stormwater and allowing it to slowly seep into the surrounding ground – however they will become clogged over the years with leaves and sediment and eventually stop draining. Most homeowners won’t know that they have a soak pit until it becomes blocked. If you’re having drainage issues, engage with your plumber. A new soak pit or maintenance could improve the situation.
- Fix any damaged downpipes and gutters.
For more on how to reduce or prevent damage from flooding on your property, see Helping us help you.