Stormwater Management & Best Management Practices

Residential Photo

Cisterns are a type of structural BMP that can be utilized in a variety of land-use settings, including residential areas.
Cisterns are similar to rain barrels, but typically have a much larger holding capacity. Both cisterns and rain barrels can be effective at reducing peak runoff rate; the water can be
re-used for non-potable purposes such as watering landscaped areas.

Land-Use Specific BMPs


BMPs for Residential Areas
Many resources are available for the installation of stormwater BMPs for the reduction of runoff from private property. Common stormwater runoff and infiltration practices for the homeowner consist of rain gardens, infiltration trenches, permeable pavement, walkways, patios, rain barrels/cisterns and downspout disconnection.

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