City officials in Seattle are attempting to install drainage systems in front of resident homes. The systems will consist of a combination of soil and porous material to absorb rainfall, which they hope will prevent overflow from sewage pipes and storm drains into the Puget Sound.
Officials are planning to install the systems along 31 blocks of southwest Seattle. Some residents are frustrated over the idea, however, even though it may help prevent sewage pipe leaks, according to The Associated Press.
Residents are concerned the installations will eat up some of the area's limited parking spaces and be an eyesore in their yards. City officials and others involved in the project told The Associated Press it was the most cost-effective way to tackle the issue.
Executive Director of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Chris Wilke told the source he was glad city officials were trying to get the system going.
"These are the most cost-effective ways to deal with stormwater pollution," he said."They actually reduce flooding risk, and they treat stormwater on site."
Officials in New Gloucester, Maine, recently decided it was time to upgrade the city's drainage systems. To ensure the public's safety and the continued high quality of water in the area, property wells within 500 feet of the new drainage systems will be tested for contamination, according to The Sun Journal.