Tim and Heidi’s flooded backyard
2015 Residential Stormwater Award Winner (Kitchener)
Here’s the story of one of the 2015 Celebrating Community Action award recipients. Learn about all nine recipients.
For years Tim and Heidi struggled to find a solution to their backyard flooding problems. When they met Robert Tester of TNT Property Maintenance Inc. at the KW Home and Garden Show he introduced them to the idea of managing their flooding problems using rain gardens and other landscaping techniques. Tim and Heidi worked with Rob to install a French drain system (an inexpensive perforated pipe surrounded by gravel that sits 12” below the surface) that leads water away from their back fence into two new rain gardens. “After the work was done it rained for an entire weekend and the back yard stayed dry. It was amazing,” explains Heidi. To top it off, the project qualifies them for a 45% stormwater credit in the City of Kitchener!
Installation of a french drain system which infiltrates water and directs excess to the rain gardens.
One of two rain gardens.