Managing stormwater runoff is vital to prevent flooding, erosion and water damage to infrastructure. High peak stormwater flows may be especially problematic in urban areas where water cannot be absorbed into the ground due to impermeable surfaces. Generally, stormwater is managed through the use of drains, pipes and channels. Often, this stormwater runoff is ultimately discharged into larger waterways untreated. However, stormwater also represents a resource that can be captured for recycling and reuse for various purposes. Stormwater harvesting involves the capture, treatment, storage and use of urban stormwater runoff. Some of the potential uses of harvested stormwater include use in agriculture, fire-control, various municipal uses, industrial and commercial uses. However, stormwater also has potential for potable uses. Urban sensitive water design seeks to better integrate water sources such as stormwater into urban planning.

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