Class of ‘52 Rain Gardens
Neumann Goretti has installed a new, innovative green infrastructure system to manage stormwater on its campus in South Philadelphia. Funded in part through a Stormwater Management Incentive Program (SMIP) grant through Philadelphia Water and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and matching funds were contributed by the Class of ‘52, the system will play a role in helping the city improve the water quality of nearby rivers and streams. Stormwater running off portions of the school’s rooftops and sidewalks will flow into the system, which consists of buried “R-tank” chambers (think: high tech milk crates) and gravel covered with soil and plants, where it will be absorbed by the soil. Often referred to as a rain garden, the system will reduce the amount of flow going into nearby combined sewer pipes, while providing a new landscape amenity to accent the school’s 10th street entrance.
Combined sewers carry both stormwater and sewage to wastewater treatment plants. When it rains, these pipes can back up and spill out into local waterways. With the new green infrastructure installation, Neumann Goretti is now playing an active role in helping to solve this program. The project is Phase 1 of what Neumann Goretti hopes will be a comprehensive, long-term program to improve water management on the property through future partnerships with Philadelphia Water and PIDC. The Class of ‘52 Rain Garden was blessed by Father James Dalton and members of the Class of ‘52 on Friday, September 15.