The recent rain storms in Lithuania have left the country hundreds and thousands of euros in debt and have also caused many questions about what could be the main cause of this. It so happens that there were quite a lot of reasons that led to this big issue: meteorologists are pointing fingers at climate change, geologists are blaming the expanse of paved land in the world. There's also theories about the problem lying beneath the overflowing drainage systems, the high groundwater level, rain bombs, the people who conducted the designs of projects that didn't work, scientists and of course, the government's unwillingness to perceive this as an important problem.
"Instead of wasting our time and energy in searching the culprit lets stand together and actually solve these progressing problems" - offers the engineer and ecologist K. Plungė of UAB Eneka.
Considering that cities are calculating their groundwater levels for many decades, it's natural that the changes in urbanization were not foreseen.
So, how do we minimize the load on pipelines that are unable to "swallow" immense amounts of water on the pavements during rainstorms.
We could reconstruct our system by expanding our pipe width and amount, but that would cost an immense amount of money, time and inconveniences. A perfect solution would be to pour rainwater into artificial lakes, which later would be poured into the drainage system in equal amounts to reduce the risk of it overflowing. But the problem is that there is simply no room for these lakes in already overcrowded cities and if we construct these lakes far away from urban areas we are faced with the problem of having to rip apart a lot of pavement to change the pipes. So would it not be useful for us to look upon big foreign country projects and create something simpler but as affective. Something like storing and recycling rainwater. Programs and strategies like this are widely used in USA and EU, where individual houses and apartments are encouraged to install underground systems that store rainwater. The recycled water can later be used for washing, watering flowers and etc.
By installing the storage systems in problematic city areas we would not only save tens of thousands of euros, but we would also get financial perks because with rainwater we would be watering flowers, trees, grass, washing cars, streets and public bathrooms and in many other places where hygiene isn't the main priority. And where else is the ecological aspect – the storage of fresh water by replacing it with rainwater?
So let's get rid of the horrible habit of searching for culprits, let's look at the bigger picture, search for solutions and be happy not only with the earth's presented sun, but also the rain, which give life to so many things. Choosing the right water storage products we will not only help the planet, but also profit from it.