How do you do it? And what can I do?
Low Impact Design is a cost-effective and resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that provides many community benefits. While conventional piped drainage and water treatment systems are designed to move stormwater from the built environment to dedicated ‘drop off’ areas, LID or ‘green infrastructure’ reduces and treats stormwater at its source while delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits.
There are many ways in which you can reduce the amount of or treat stormwater on your property. What that means is that no matter what your budget is, LID methods can be put in place on your land, whether you are developing now or looking at improving an already developed site.
Will it require much work? How much maintenance is needed?
Because LID provides a comprehensive approach that has built-in redundancy, the possibility of failure is greatly reduced. This means that many LID techniques and methods are significantly influenced by your behaviour (as the property owner).
When implementing any form of LID (whether as a residential landowner or as a developer), the key factor to ensure success is to ensure that the methods selected are suited to your property.
When compared to conventional methods, LID practices reduce maintenance burdens for both you and for Council, as the techniques are simple, need no special or expensive equipment, requires little maintenance, and relieves the pressures on Council infrastructure.
Learn more about various LID methods and which may suit you and your budget below.