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Stormwater Planters

A stormwater planter is an in-ground planter within the sidewalk designed to manage stormwater runoff that flows off of the street and enters the sidewalk planter through a connected street inlet. The stormwater planter is typically set on a gravel or stone layer and topped off with soil and plants. These planters manage stormwater by providing storage space that allows the runoff to soak into the ground, evaporate, and transpire through the plants. The Columbus Square Planters, completed in 2010, can hold up to 7,100 gallons of stormwater every time it rains, enough to fill 142 bathtubs.

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stormwater planters Stormwater Planter, Columbus Square, South Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA WATER DEPARTMENT | GREEN CITY, CLEAN WATERS | YEAR IN REVIEW | 2011-2012

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Green City, Clean Waters Year in Review 2012  

The Green City, Clean Waters Year in Review celebrates the accomplishments of the Philadelphia Water Department and its partners, working in...

Green City, Clean Waters Year in Review 2012  

The Green City, Clean Waters Year in Review celebrates the accomplishments of the Philadelphia Water Department and its partners, working in...

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