Introducing Rain Check - Learn More & Sign Up at February Clean & Green Meeting

SOSNA is thrilled to announce that our neighborhood has been selected for the Phiadelphia Water Deparment's Rain Check pilot program!

SOSNA and PWD are looking for 25-30 homeowners to participate in this pilot program.  Learn the details from PWD staff and sign up at the February 21st Clean & Green Committee meeting.  Sign ups start immediately following PWD's presentation at the meeting. 

What is Rain Check? All the details can be found here and the program's FAQs can be downloaded below.

From the Rain Check website . . .

"Rain Check is a pilot program where the Philadelphia Water Department shares the cost of special residential landscape improvements that help manage stormwater runoff and beautify homes. Rain Check participants will receive home improvements at a fraction of the full cost.

Participation in Rain Check will not result in a lower water bill. However, it is an opportunity for residents to do their part in greening the City. By managing stormwater runoff at home through green practices such as the ones offered by Rain Check, you can make a difference in helping to protect the health of our waterways.

More than 30 percent of the City’s impervious surfaces are associated with residential properties. The water that runs off of impervious surfaces can overtax the sewer system, causing Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). By participating in Rain Check, you can help reduce the occurrence of CSOs."

What are the "green tools" offered through Rain Check?


Rain Gardens: This shallow, planted depression absorbs the water that flows from your roof, patio or yard.


De-Paving: The removal of concrete, asphalt or other impervious surfaces can provide area for a rain garden, lawn space, tree planting or pervious patio.


Porous Pavers: Specially designed paving stones, bricks or pavers allow water to soak into the ground below.

      

Downspout Planter: Plants are irrigated by water from the roof downspout. Water is slowed down and filtered before it enters the sewer.

Yard Trees: Trees provide shade, absorb stormwater through their roots, and intercept rainfall with their leaves.

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