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Report: Cities Over A Barrel

By | 2017-08-29T19:36:17+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Reports|

Report: Cities Over A Barrel Residential Stormwater Solutions Flooded basements. Closed beaches. Chemical and bacterial pollution running untreated into water bodies. Overburdened sewer systems causing combined and sanitary sewer overflows. Storms related to climate change are becoming more frequent and flood events are costly. Floods and overburdened sewer systems cause direct damage [...]

Automated Rain Barrels: Residential Case Studies

By | 2017-08-31T17:31:59+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Case Studies|

Automated Rain Barrels: Residential Case Studies In 2016, RiverSides installed and tested 15 automated rain barrels in the Toronto community of Riverdale. We purchased 15 RainGrid Inc. controller systems and installed them on 500 liter rain barrels carefully located on the properties of 15 participating householders. In order to document the installation process [...]

Case Study: Withrow Ave

By | 2017-08-31T14:53:14+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Case Studies|

Case Study: Withrow Ave ARB Systems And Rain Gardens: Integrating Urban Green Infrastructure This ARB system installation collected stormwater from an estimated 28 m 2 (350 sq. ft.) of roof area. The overflow and bypass drains into a customized front-yard rain garden. During the 3.5-month data collection period—the dry summer months of [...]

Case Study: Hastings Ave

By | 2017-08-31T15:34:58+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Case Studies|

Case Study: Hastings Ave Residential Flood Protection and Stormwater Collection This Hastings Ave. ARB system installation proved to have excellent collection metrics, diverting more than 7,000 L over five months. In one week alone, the system demonstrated an ability to divert 1,070 L. The householder, Lindsey, wanted her system primarily to prevent [...]

Case Study: Hampton Ave

By | 2017-08-31T14:47:54+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Case Studies|

Case Study: Hampton Ave Lesson Learned! Clean Filters Count! This backyard installation had initial challenges due to tree coverage of the roof’s collection area. Filter clogging issues undermined early season stormwater collection opportunities. However, once filters were regularly maintained, the system had good capture rates, easily averaging over 1,000 L / month. [...]

Cities Over a Barrel: Residential Stormwater Solutions

By | 2017-06-09T17:20:00+00:00 May 24th, 2017|News|

On May 23, RiverSides, a Toronto-based environmental non profit, released a timely summary report, entitled “Cities Over a Barrel: Residential Stormwater Solutions.” This report documents key findings from RiverSides’s 2016 pilot project (made possible by funds from CEC through NAPECA) which tested how automated rain barrels (ARBs) can help alleviate city stormwater stress—increasingly an [...]

World’s First Residential Rain Grid

By | 2017-05-24T19:50:32+00:00 October 27th, 2016|News|

World’s First Residential Rain Grid: RiverSides Awarded Grant for Building It in Toronto Toronto — The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has announced winners of C$1.3 million of grants to help to address North American environmental problems locally. CEC’s North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program awarded $79,000 of [...]